Trevor Croly new manager

Shamrock Rovers have today appointed Trevor Croly as the club’s new manager ahead of the 2013 Airtricity League season.

A former assistant manager and player with the Hoops, Trevor re-joins the club on a two year contract.

Trevor has already got to work on his new role and this morning appointed his backroom staff ahead of putting together his squad for the new season.


The backroom staff will consist of:

Colin Hawkins – Assistant Manager

Tim Dalton – Goalkeeping Coach

Noel White – Head of Football Operations

Philip McMahon – Strength and Conditioning Coach

Tony McCarthy – Physiotherapist

Malcom Slattery – Equipment Manager


Shamrock Rovers chairman, Jonathan Roche on Trevor Croly’s appointment:

“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. After the departure of Stephen Kenny, it was important for us to take time to assess where we are as a club and also the current situation of the league in general. We brought in Brian Laws, who gave us the benefit of his considerable experience at the top level of football in England, in assessing the footballing set-up at Shamrock Rovers. As a board, we have given considerable thought and discussion to what we need at Shamrock Rovers to continue to develop as a club, both on and off the pitch.

“Trevor knows this league and the way it operates inside-out; he has considerable experience as both a player and a coach/assistant manager. Trevor comes to Shamrock Rovers as not only the most highly thought-of coach in the league, but also with very definite ideas of the type of manager he will be. We were extremely impressed by his progressive approach to the game and we feel his embracing of new technologies and ideas will be very beneficial to Shamrock Rovers. Trevor is a very hungry, ambitious and well-considered person, and we feel that is exactly what we need at Shamrock Rovers at the moment. Trevor will set high standards for the players at the club and will instil a strong work ethic in the squad along with providing the top class coaching that he is well known for in the league.

“We would be the first to admit that the 2012 season was a disappointing one for Shamrock Rovers. However, while things did not go our way on the pitch due to a variety of reasons and we have studied the various aspects of the club in which improvements can be made, we also want to re-emphasis the great opportunities we have at Shamrock Rovers. Our partnership with South Dublin County Council has developed into a strong mutually beneficially relationship, and we have a wonderful facility in our home ground at Tallaght Stadium. We have a loyal, passionate fanbase who continue to put their money where their mouths are, in terms of supporting the club. We are putting in place a strong, ambitious manager and we will support him in putting together a competitive squad for the upcoming season and a progressive backroom staff.

“The last four years have seen great development and success at Shamrock Rovers. The club won back-to-back titles and the Setanta Cup in 2011, hosted glamour friendlies at Tallaght Stadium and big European nights against team such as Juventus and Totteham Hotspur. And while 2012 was not a successful year for the club, we are looking forward to continuing to grow, develop and challenge in 2013.”



Picture by Bobby Best


Trevor Croly on taking over as Shamrock Rovers new manager:

“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.

“I feel it will be great benefit to me that I have been at the club before as a player and in recent years as an assistant manager. But I have also been away from the club and know how Shamrock Rovers is seen from the outside as well as how it operates internally. 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.

“We will put together a talented squad, but also one where the players want to work their talent. There is no question that I’ll be looking for a strong work ethic from my squad that the team and fans can be proud of.

“I have been an assistant manager and coach for nine years and I have been building my football education towards this point. I’m prepared for the challenge that lies ahead and I know well that the hard work starts here. I have put in place a strong backroom staff and I feel I can help the club to continue to develop and have success.

“On the backroom staff, holistically I think they will bring a lot to the club. There is vast experience and knowledge in there, particularly from a playing and coaching background. I have worked with them all before and I think they will all be pieces of the puzzle that will get the most out of the players we have at the club next year.”



Colin Hawkins – Assistant Manager

Galway-born Colin began his career with the well-known local club Salthill Devon from where he moved to Coventry City in 1995. Colin joined St Patrick’s Athletic in 1997 and his senior career took off immediately after his arrival at Richmond Park where he won league honours twice. He also played for Bohs and Shels and added two more league medals to his haul. Spells at Coventry, Brighton, Sporting Fingal and Dundalk followed. He joined Shamrock Rovers in January 2012.


Tim Dalton – Goalkeeping Coach

During his career, Tim played for Coventry City, Bournemouth, Notts County and later moved to Boston United, Bradford City, Tranmere Rovers, Cork City and Derry City among others. After retiring from playing he began a career as a goalkeeper coach. He has worked with numerous League of Ireland teams including St Patrick's Athletic, Drogheda United and Cork City. He had a previous spell at Shamrock Rovers under Michael O’Neill and spent the 2012 season at St Patrick’s Athletic with Trevor.  


Noel White – Head of Football Operations

Noel brings his vast experience and knowledge of the league to Shamrock Rovers having worked as assistant manager at Drogheda, Dublin City, Shelbourne, UCD and Longford Town. Noel will work as chief scout at Rovers and will also assist in overseeing the football structures at the club.


Philip McMahon – Strength and Conditioning Coach

Philip was on the Dublin GAA winning team for the 2008 O'Byrne Cup. He made his Championship debut in same year against Louth as a sub. He played Interprovincial Championship Football for Leinster and he has won two Dublin Under 21 Football Championship Medals with Ballymun. McMahon made a substitutes appearance in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final against Kerry. Philip runs BK Strength and Conditioning, a high performance gym that specializes in athlete training and strength building. 


Tony McCarthy – Physiotherapist

Tony played as a centre half in Ireland and England having first appeared in the League of Ireland in 1988 with UCD. He had a brief spell at Derry City before joining Shelbourne where he had two very successful spells, winning five league title honours and two FAI Cup winners’ medals. Tony also had a decent spell in England with Millwall and Colchester United. He was appointed as first team physio to the Hoops at the start of 2012.


Malcom Slattery – Equipment Manager

Mal began the role of equipment manager at Shamrock Rovers as the new season began. He has been an employee of Umbro Ireland for the past ten years. Mal has worked with the Republic of Ireland at senior and Under 23 level as well as Shelbourne FC for five years. Dublin born, he is a qualified UEFA A coach and has worked in schoolboy football for the past 13 years.



League Table

# Team M P
1 Dundalk 33 77
2 Cork City 33 70
3 Derry City 33 62
4 Shamrock Rovers 33 55
5 Sligo Rovers 33 49
6 Bray Wanderers 33 46
7 St. Patrick's Athletic 33 45
8 Bohemian FC 33 41
9 Galway United 33 38
10 Finn Harps 33 32
11 Wexford Youths 33 23
12 Longford Town 33 14

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