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Cooke takes Seagulls hot-seat

Published 08/07/2015 | 02:30

21 April 2014; Athlone Town manager Mick Cooke. Airtricity League Premier Division, Athlone Town v Dundalk, Athlone Town Stadium, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
21 April 2014; Athlone Town manager Mick Cooke. Airtricity League Premier Division, Athlone Town v Dundalk, Athlone Town Stadium, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Bray Wanderers last night confirmed that Mick Cooke will take over from Trevor Croly as manager.

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Cooke will take immediate control of the team, and his contract runs until the end of the 2016 season.

The 63-year-old has had previous managerial spells in the League of Ireland with Drogheda United, Monaghan United and most recently Athlone Town, whom he left in April 2014 after the club lost all of their opening 10 league games.

"Bray Wanderers FC are pleased to announce the appointment of Mick Cooke as our club manager," an official statement read.

"Mick will be taking immediate control of the squad and will be announcing his staff shortly.

"We look forward to getting Bray Wanderers FC back focussed on the football pitch."

Bray have been in turmoil in recent months - Croly left his post after just two months in charge after players were failed to be paid in time.

The club's chairman Denis O'Connor stated on Monday that the club needed "strong players" to reach his targets.

"We have got to get the right management and the right players in," O'Connor stressed.

"This is no reflection on the current players. We are going to have to get some strong players in and use to that.

"My ambition is to this season finish in the top half and next season to go much higher."

Cooke's first game in charge will be on Saturday when Bray take on Derry City at the Carlisle Grounds.

Irish Independent

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