Friday 23 February 2018

Trevor Croly resigns as Bray boss after players’ cheques bounce

Trevor Croly
Trevor Croly

Garry Doyle

A day of recrimination at Bray Wanderers ended with the resignation of Trevor Croly as first-team manager and the return of the club to crisis status.

Having taken up the position just two months ago, Croly had turned things around dramatically, overseeing three victories from seven games to bring them out of the relegation zone and within touching distance of a position in the top-half of the table.

And now he’s gone, disgusted by the turn of events over the past 48 hours, which began with the news that some of his squad’s wages were late. While the club were making genuine efforts to correct this issue yesterday, from Croly’s perspective, it is too late. He informed the club of his decision to resign at lunchtime yesterday, although no official announcement from Bray has been made yet.

“The trust has gone,” a source close to Croly said, “and when that happens it becomes almost impossible for Trevor to work with and motivate staff and players.”

Aware of Croly’s decision, a number of Bray’s players contacted him yesterday to plead with him to change his mind. Yet it is not going to happen.

“Trevor feels genuinely sorry for the players because he really enjoyed working with them,” said the source. “They had bonded, were working together, getting good results and were confident of getting another positive result this weekend down in Limerick.

“One player did say to him, ‘would you not let it go?’ But he can’t because even if this got sorted out now, there will always be the fear that it’ll happen again. It isn’t about the money, because the players don’t earn a fortune. It’s about the principle and about respect. And Trevor’s fear is that he would immediately lose respect if he stood over a situation where players didn’t get paid.”

The upshot is that Bray will be back on the lookout for a new manager – the second time they have sent out the search parties this season following Alan Mathews’ earlier resignation this year. And while they are holding out hope that Croly could be persuaded back, it won’t happen. “Not after what has happened,” the source confirmed.  

“The reality is Trevor was talking to four different players about joining Bray, was selling them the club, telling them that everything will be okay, and meanwhile some cheques have bounced.

“You should have seen the faces of the players at training on Tuesday. All the positivity that had built up was gone.” Now so has their manager. Bray said the club had no comment to make when contacted by today.

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