Sligo Rovers fans were “like a second family” to Ian Baraclough, the former Bit o’Red manager has said.

In a statement released through the League Managers Association (LMA), Baraclough, who parted company with Sligo last Friday, said he was very proud of the club’s achievements during his tenure.

“We won three trophies, helping to put the club back on the map of Irish football,” Baraclough said, hinting that he had felt the club would have added to these successes had he been given more time.

“Whilst football management is a results-driven business, I always felt confident that we would enjoy future success.”

Baraclough thanked Sligo’s committee, staff and players, and made special mention of his assistants, Gary Stevens and Gavin Dykes. Stevens left Sligo with Baraclough; Dykes remains at the club.

Sligo appointed former Rochdale, Accrington Stanley and Southport boss John Colemen as Baraclough’s replacement on Monday.

Baraclough said that he believed he was a better manager following his time at Sligo, and indicated that he was already looking forward to his next challenge.

“I am a young coach, stronger for the experience and hungry to prove myself at a club who can match my ambition and football philosophy,” he said.