New manager for Shamrock Rovers

By Robert O’Reilly

Robert O’Reilly reports on the appointment of new Shamrock Rovers manager, Trevor Croly.

 Trevor Croly has been appointed the new manager of Shamrock Rovers on a two-year deal.

The Dubliner will replace director of football Brian Laws who has returned to England to take charge of Scunthorpe United.

Croly previously worked as assistant manager under Michael O’Neill from 2009-2011, as the Hoops recorded consecutive league titles for the first time since they won four in a row in the mid 80’s.

The 38-year old spent the last campaign as number two to Liam Buckley at St. Patrick’s Athletic. St. Pat’s were agonizingly defeated in the FAI cup final against Derry City earlier this month.

Croly will be working alongside Rovers centre back Colin Hawkins who has been promoted from player/coach to assistant manager for the upcoming season.

The new Shamrock Rovers manager said: “I’m delighted to be back at Shamrock Rovers and taking up the position of manager. 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.

“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.”

Croly has already begun assembling a new squad; PFAI player of the year nominee Jason McGuinness and midfielder James Chambers have signed for the Tallaght club for next year.

McGuinness, who formed a formidable defensive partnership with Gavin Peers at Sligo, will be expected to shore up a Rovers defense that conceded 37 goals last season.

Chambers is no stranger to Shamrock Rovers having played for the club in 2010, while an unsuccessful spell at Hamilton Academical was followed by impressive performances under Buckley and Croly last year at St. Pat’s.

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