Sligo Rovers claimed a double success at the Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland awards this evening, with manager Ian Baraclough winning Personality of the Year and Gary Rogers taking the goalkeeper gong.
Baraclough led Sligo to a first league title in 35 years in his first season with the Bit o’Red.
The former Scunthopre United manager took over just two days prior to the start of the season but inspired Rovers to the league crown ahead of Drogheda United and St Patrick’s Athletic.
Baraclough beat fellow managers Mick Cooke of Drogheda and Derry boss Declan Devine to the award, along with players who helped Sligo to the crown in the form of Danny Ventre, Jason McGuinness and Mark Quigley.
Rogers, meanwhile, won the best goalkeeper honour for the first time in his career.
He was voted ahead of Gabriel Sava and Ger Doherty to complete a double for Sligo, with the 31-year-old producing an inspired season for the champions over 35 appearances in all competitions.