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Croly 'in dark' on Rovers vacancy

TREVOR Croly insists that he's in the dark over reports linking him with the vacant manager's job at Shamrock Rovers.

The Hoops yesterday confirmed that Brian Laws, who had been working as caretaker manager under the title of Director of Football since the exit of Stephen Kenny last month, had ended his association with the Tallaght outfit and has now taken over at League One side Scunthorpe United, Laws' second spell with that club.

Rovers have said that they hope to make an announcement on their new manager soon and Dubliner Croly, who was assistant manager at Rovers under Michael O'Neill but is now Liam Buckley's number two at St Patrick's Athletic, is thought to be on a shortlist of candidates. Buckley added fuel to the fire yesterday when he suggested that his assistant has been straining at the leash to become a manager but Croly says his sole focus is on Sunday's clash with Derry City.

"I would like to be a manager and I hope I will be eventually, but I don't know where all of this has come from, to be honest," Croly told the Evening Herald.

"Everyone seems to be talking about it and a lot of that is media talk or stuff on social media, but I am concentrating fully on Pat's and preparing for the FAI Cup final on Sunday, the game is far too important for me to do anything else.

"The Cup final is a big deal, I never won the Cup as a player and that's a big regret for me so hopefully I can help this Pat's team go all the way and win it on Sunday," Croly added.