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Shamrock Rovers appoint Trevor Croly as new boss

The former Hoops assistant arrives back in Tallaght with a two-year contract.

Trevor Croly.
Trevor Croly.
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TREVOR CROLY IS the new Shamrock Rovers manager.

The Tallaght side confirmed the news at the press conference this lunchtime.

A former assistant manager under Michael O’Neill and a player with the Hoops, Croly re-joins the club on a two year contract.

“I’m delighted to be back at Shamrock Rovers and taking up the position of manager,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to working with the players that are already here and to assembling a squad that can represent Shamrock Rovers well as a club.

“I feel it will be great benefit to me that I have been at the club before as a player and in recent years as an assistant manager. But I have also been away from the club and know how Shamrock Rovers is seen from the outside as well as how it operates internally. It is important for us all to come together as club staff, players and fans to have a season that we can be proud of in 2013.

“We will put together a talented squad, but also one where the players want to work their talent. There is no question that I’ll be looking for a strong work ethic from my squad that the team and fans can be proud of.

“I have been an assistant manager and coach for nine years and I have been building my football education towards this point. I’m prepared for the challenge that lies ahead and I know well that the hard work starts here. I have put in place a strong backroom staff and I feel I can help the club to continue to develop and have success.

Croly will be assisted by League of Ireland stalwart Colin Hawkins.

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“On the backroom staff, holistically I think they will bring a lot to the club,” said Croly. “There is vast experience and knowledge in there, particularly from a playing and coaching background. I have worked with them all before and I think they will all be pieces of the puzzle that will get the most out of the players we have at the club next year.”

The Hoops sacked Stephen Kenny back in September before Brian Laws arrived as director of football for the remainder of the campaign. Croly served as Liam Buckley’s assistant at St Patrick’s Athletic up until last weekend’s cup final.

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