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Sligo Rovers enter strategic agreement with Everton

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

15:25 12 Jan 2021

Sligo Rovers have entered into a strategic agreement with English Premier League side Everton. 

The Bit-O-Red say the agreement will see the clubs "partner on several initiatives and cross-promotional activities including fan engagement, marketing and content collaborations."

Relationships between Sligo and Everton's academy coaches will also be developed, and there will also be the opportunity for pre-season training bases for academy teams at both clubs.

Sligo also say the "clubs will exchange knowledge across both coaching and business operations".

Everton and Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman is perhaps Sligo's most famous alumnus.

The full-back swapped the Showgrounds for Goodison Park in 2009, and has since gone on to make in excess of 300 appearances for the Merseysiders.

"I’m delighted with this partnership between two clubs close to my heart in Sligo Rovers and Everton," Coleman said.

“I’ll be forever grateful to Sligo for giving me my start in professional football and for helping to pave the way for my move to Everton, the Club I am proud to captain and represent each and every day.

“This partnership will benefit both clubs and, in particular, can provide support to Sligo from the social and economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.”

21 August 1996; John Coady of Home Farm Everton during the Harp Lager League Cup Group E match between St Patrick's Athletic and Home Farm Everton at Richmond Park in Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

It's not the first time Everton's tentacles have reached into the League of Ireland.

In 1995, they entered a deal with Home Farm which saw the Drumcondra club temporarily renamed 'Home Farm Everton' and adopting the Toffees' colours.

That partnership came to an end in 1999.

Sligo Rovers chairman Tommy Higgins said, “This is a very positive day for Sligo Rovers. We have a shared history with Everton Football Club over many decades and I believe we also have the same principles and ambition to grow. They are a perfect fit for a collaboration such as this.

“Partnering with Everton will allow us to improve in many key areas, such as commercial activity, fan services and also the development of our academy coaches which is of utmost importance.

“We have very talented staff and a group of coaches at the club who will learn and develop from the basis of this link-up.

“We hope it is the beginning of a very fruitful partnership and perhaps, in time, more names will be added to those that have proudly represented Sligo Rovers and Everton.

“Our initial focus is beginning this partnership and seeing the benefits for all parties.

“We’re delighted to welcome Everton as our new strategic partner. We have two passionate sets of supporters who will now be cheering each other on.”

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