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Struggling Bray turn to Croly


Trevor Croly

Trevor Croly

Trevor Croly

TREVOR Croly is back in football, nine months after his exit from Shamrock Rovers, as the Dubliner has been given the task of keeping Bray Wanderers in the Premier Division.

Croly, 41, had been out of the game since he left Shamrock Rovers midway through last season and now crisis club Bray have asked him to take over.

Just two points off the bottom of the Premier Division, Wanderers are in freefall on the field, as Friday's 4-2 loss to Drogheda was their fourth straight defeat and the side have conceded 20 goals in the last four outings.

The club also have off-field issues with a delay in the completion of a takeover by the McGettigan group.

Caretaker boss Maciej Tarnogrodzki had overseen an upturn in form as the side earned two wins and a draw under the Polish coach but he stepped aside after the 8-1 hammering by Dundalk and current player David Cassidy took temporary charge last Friday.

Croly was unveiled as the new boss today and he faces a stiff test in his first game, at home to his former club St Patrick's Athletic on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Athlone Town have become the third senior club to change manager this season as Eddie Wallace has stepped down.

Athlone had a bright start to the season under Wallace, taking 10 points from their first four games, but form has dipped in recent weeks and Wallace decided to quit after Friday's draw at home to UCD.

"In a statement to club officials, Eddie regretted having to make the decision but stated that it was due to personal and family commitments," said a statement released by the club.