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Roche says cash is there to put Hoops back on top

SHAMROCK Rovers chairman Jonathan Roche has assured Hoops fans that Trevor Croly will be given the financial backing to bring the Tallaght side back to the top of the league, writes Cormac Byrne.

With only a handful of players currently under contract, Croly will have to bring in up to 14 players by the beginning of next season.

"I think we are going to be very busy. We have a number of players under contract and Trevor has to build a squad of 22," Roche said.

"There is going to be a lot of activity around the club. We'll be very busy over the next couple of weeks and we'll give the manager the support we have given the last three managers.


"We'll be very competitive next season. He (Croly) did mention people (he is interested in) and he's delighted with the players still under contract and he has spoken to players out of contract."

Before Rovers can look forward to next season they will have to sort out the situation with outgoing manager Stephen Kenny with both parties yet to agree on a severance package, leaving Kenny on gardening leave.

"As with all cases when someone's employment is ended early there are legalities involved. I would be hopeful that the situation will be resolved very soon," Roche added.

Kenny lasted only seven months in the Tallaght hotseat but Roche dismissed suggestions Rovers get rid of managers prematurely, but admitted fourth place is not good enough for the 2011 champions.

"Some people claim the club hasn't given its managers time but we've had three managers since 2005 and all but one of them has served their full term," he added.

"Unfortunately no one envisaged what happened last season on the pitch due to different circumstances and the massive successes of the year before.

"It's a poor season for Shamrock Rovers to come fourth. We are a special club, with last year behind us we can step forward with a new beginning."