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Cook out of Stanley race

Paul Cook will not replace John Coleman as Accrington manager after talks with the npower League Two club broke down.

Cook, currently in charge of Irish outfit Sligo Rovers, had been earmarked as a potential replacement for John Coleman after the Liverpudlian ended a 13-year association with Stanley to take over at Rochdale. However a statement released on Sligo's official website confirmed discussions between Cook and the Reds were unsuccessful.

"Sligo Rovers wish to announce that Paul Cook is expected to return to Sligo this weekend after talks between Paul and Accrington Stanley concluded unsuccessfully," the statement read.

"We would like to thank Accrington's (club president) Peter Marsden for his professionalism and courtesy in the negotiations with Sligo Rovers.

"We wish them the very best for the future.

"We would also like to thank our supporters for their patience this week regarding this issue and look forward to a return to focus on our pre-season preparations."

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