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Mathews backs Croly at Rovers

ALAN Mathews has tipped Trevor Croly to be a success in his new role as Shamrock Rovers boss.

Croly, who has been assistant boss to the likes of Liam Buckley and Johnny McDonnell at St Pat's, as well as Michael O'Neill at Tallaght Stadium, is ready to take on the top role with the Hoops.

The Arbour Hill native's first assistant post came under Mathews at Longford Town and the current Shelbourne boss believes Croly has the attributes to breed success.

"Trevor is a very dedicated coach, who is always innovative and making sure training is always kept interesting," he said. "He will spend every hour he has trying to improve the team and make the club successful."