By Darragh Farrelly
TREVOR CROLY was today confirmed as the new boss of Shamrock Rovers, signing a two-year deal with the Tallaght side.
Croly leaves his post at St Patrick’s Athletic, where he was assistant to Liam Buckley right up until the Saints 3-2 defeat in Sunday’s Cup final against Derry City.
A former player and assistant at the Hoops, Croly has already set about putting his backroom staff together before assembling a squad ahead of the new season.
Croly will be assisted by Colin Hawkins, a League of Ireland veteran who played this past season for Rovers. Croly will also take goalkeeping coach Tim Dalton with him from Pat’s.
Dublin GAA star Philly McMahon, an All-Ireland winner in 2011, will become the club’s new strength and conditioning coach.
Speaking at today’s lunchtime press conference in Tallaght, Croly said: “I’m delighted to be back at Shamrock Rovers and taking up the position of manager. I’m looking forward to working with the players that are already here and to assembling a squad that can represent Shamrock Rovers well as a club.
“It is important for us all to come together as club staff, players and fans to have a season that we can be proud of in 2013,” added Croly.
Shamrock Rovers endured a pretty disappointing campaign in 2012, finishing 4th in the league and missing out on Europe for 2013.
Hoops chairman Jonathan Roche hopes the club can learn from the mistakes they made in the past 12 months.
“The club learned a lot from the success we had in 2011 and in particular from our participation in the group stages of the Europa League. However, it is safe to say that we learned even more from the season just gone,” said Roche.
Croly takes the reigns from Brian Laws, who had been in charge on a short-term deal after he had taken over from Stephen Kenny following a string of bad results.