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Gary Cronin joins Declan Devine in the dugout at Bohemians as his number two


Gary Cronin is joining Bohemians as the assistant manager. Photo: Sportsfile

Gary Cronin is joining Bohemians as the assistant manager. Photo: Sportsfile

Gary Cronin is joining Bohemians as the assistant manager. Photo: Sportsfile

Gary Cronin is the new assistant manager of Bohemians, the club have confirmed.

It was reported earlier this month that Cronin was in talks with manager Declan Devine to make him his number two. As reported by Independent.ie yesterday, those discussions have reached a positive conclusion, with Cronin joining Devine in the dugout at Dalymount Park for the 2023 season.

Cronin departed Longford Town last month after leading them to a fourth in the First Division before defeat by Galway United in the play-offs. The 43-year-old had a previous three-and-a-half-year stint at Bray Wanderers, leading them to a second spot in 2020.

Devine was appointed as Bohemians manager last month on a two-year deal, taking over from Keith Long, who parted company with the club last August. Devine had two spells in charge of his hometown club Derry City and led them to an FAI Cup in 2012, along with European qualification on three occasions before parting company with the Candystripes in April 2021.

The 49-year-old previously served as Derry coach and then assistant manager under current Ireland boss Stephen Kenny. Devine oversaw a win, draw and defeat in Bohemians’ final three games of 2022 as they finished in sixth.

Bohemians also confirmed that Derek Pender will remain as first-team coach for 2023. Pender served as interim manager for several games before Devine took charge last month. Former assistant manager Trevor Croly will also take up a new role in the club's academy.

“This is a unique club in terms of its model in this country," said Cronin in a statement.

“I am really looking forward to joining a club that will be operating in a proper full-time environment. It is something that I have always wanted to do, and I can’t wait to get started.

“It is a fresh start for the club. Declan has come in and I am really impressed about his plans for what he wants to do. I want to support him and be a part of that.

“For me, I am bringing experience to the club from my time as both a coach and a manager in this league. It is important for Declan to have that behind him as this is a massive club and he has a massive job. He needs to be able to rely on me and the rest of the backroom team.

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"It has started to dawn on me that when we lead the team out next year, a couple of thousand of the people in the ground are owners of this club. This is their club, so it is our job as a backroom team to make sure that the football team gives everything for those people.

“Gary will be a huge asset as we evolve into a full-time set-up," Devine added.

"I have watched Gary’s progress as a coach and manager from afar and he is someone I have been really, really impressed with. I am delighted to welcome him to the club, and I think players and staff will really take to him.

"For me it was really important to keep Derek Pender at the club too. When you come to a club for the first time, you try to assess the people around you.

“What I have seen from Detser is incredible dedication, and someone who is going to have a fantastic future in coaching. This club means absolutely everything to him and he is the kind of person I want working with me.

“I am also delighted that Trevor has committed to staying with the club.

“He has already contributed so much to this club in his six years here, and the wealth of experience and knowledge of the game that he has from his time at this club, but also from managing and coaching in the league for 17 years, will be an absolutely incredible addition to our academy structure as we look to continue to develop and bring players through to the first team.”

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