Tuesday 21 November 2017

Bray board get their man as Croly signs a three-year deal

New Bray Wanderers manager Trevor Croly
New Bray Wanderers manager Trevor Croly

Garry Doyle

Bray Wanderers have appointed Trevor Croly as their new manager after a week of negotiations ended with the Dubliner signing a three-year-contract.

The former Shamrock Rovers manager replaces Alan Mathews in the Bray dug-out after three lengthy meetings with the club's owners convinced him their precarious league position can be improved.

Talks of potential takeovers do not concern Croly, who had already turned down three offers in 2015 - from Drogheda, Sligo and Shelbourne.

"Trevor has asked the board plenty of questions about the supposed problems at the club and they have won his trust," said a source close to Croly. "He sought assurances about the club's financial stability and was satisfied with the answers.

"The fact they kept coming back to him was key to this decision. They didn't just ask once. They asked a second time, then a third. John Gill, his assistant at Shamrock Rovers, will act as Croly's number two.

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