Alan Cawley says Sligo Rovers' terrible home form has left them in an ‘unacceptable’ position in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

The Bit o’ Red are third from bottom of the table, just two points clear of Limerick FC. The bottom team, currently Bray Wanderers are well adrift, go down automatically, with the side directly above them going into a relegation play-off.

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Sligo are locked in a battle to get away from the drop zone and speaking on RTÉ’s Soccer Republic Extra Podcast, Calwey said that this wasn’t good enough.

One of the main causes of their problems has been their home form, which has seen them lose eight of their 13 games at the Showgrounds and take just nine of a possible 39 points.

"It’s desperate, it really is," said Cawley, who is from Sligo and played for a long list of League of Ireland outfits, but never actually his home town club.

"When Gerard Lyttle came in last year it was their home form that kept them up; they really were rock solid.

"They’ve played 13 games at home this season and they’ve only nine points – they’ve lost eight games at home. They were lop-sided with home games at the start of the season after they swapped that game with Derry City and that can go with your or against you depending on how well you start.

"If you get off on the wrong foot, which they have you’re in trouble. It’s not good enough with the resources they have – full-time football, they shouldn’t be on a level they are. They should be on a level with Shamrock Rovers, Derry, Pat’s fighting in the middle of the table for those positions.

"They shouldn’t be anywhere near the likes of Bray and Limerick where they are at the moment; I think that’s unacceptable."

Sligo boss Gerard Lyttle

Cawley was also surprised that the departing Greg Moorhouse was picked to play in Saturday night’s 3-2 home defeat to Waterford FC.

"Moorhouse played them on Saturday night and everyone knew he was leaving to join Shels," said Cawley.

"If you know a player is leaving, how can you be relying on him? I’m not questioning the lad’s commitment by any means, I’m just saying from a manager’s point of view picking him when he had young Liam Kerrigan on the bench – why not start him or someone who you see has a future around the club?"