Sligo Rovers have confirmed the appointment of Gerard Lyttle as their manager on a two-year deal.

Lyttle, the former Cliftonville manager, emerged as the successful candidate for Sligo following an interview process this week.

The Belfast native led Cliftonville to a fourth-place finish and Europa League qualification in his first season as manager in 2015-16, while also guiding the club to a League Cup victory.

He departs with the side currently fourth as this campaign approaches its conclusion. 

Speaking about the appointment Sligo chairman Martin Heraghty said: "Gerard joins us with a good track record from his time with Cliftonville. He is ambitious and eager to bring success to Sligo Rovers. Gerard shares the vision we have for the club."

As a player Lyttle played with Celtic, Peterborough United, Northampton Town as well as with Cliftonville while also being capped at Northern Ireland under-21 level.

Following the end of his playing career he joined the coaching staff of Cliftonville in 2011 and was with the club as they won consecutive league title in 2012-13 and 2013-14. After a short caretaker spell he was named manager in October 2015.

Lyttle will take charge of his first Bit o’Red game next Friday for the visit to Drogheda United in the Airtricity League.