Paul Taylor ratified as new Sligo football manager for 2019
It was a long process, but Sligo GAA have finally found their man in the shape of former county star Paul Taylor.
Following Cathal Corey's decision to step down after only one year in charge, Sligo GAA's recruitment process saw nine potential candidates examined over a seven week period.
Taylor lined out for the Yeats county for 14 seasons and was one of their star performers throughout the 90's, during his playing career he also won six county titles for Eastern Harps.
He brings a wealth of managerial experience to the role having already managed the county at u21 level, where he guided them to a provincial decider against Galway in 2017.
Taylor was also a selector for the Sligo senior team during Kevin Walsh's reign as manager in 2010. In that year the Yeats county made it all the way to the Connacht final where they were beaten by Roscommon.
So, his previous managerial roles means he should have a plethora of knowledge on the current Sligo squad and will look to get the best out of a team that has struggled to make strides in recent history.
Sligo have been pandering in Division Three of the National League since their relegation form Division Two in 2011, and have rarely looked like gaining promotion.
In 2017 under Cathal Corey's stewardship, Sligo retained their Division Three status, but only by two points, and picked up just two wins.
Paul Taylor's first job will be to make them competitive once more and attempt to bring the Yeats county back to the second division of the National League.
2018 saw Sligo achieve one championship victory, when they overcame London before being dumped out of Connacht by eventual champions Galway. They were then defeated in the qualifiers by Kieran McGeeney's Armagh.