Trevor Croly, the newly appointed manager of Bray Wanderers, insists the job is not a poisoned chalice but, rather, a “fantastic challenge”, despite the club’s currently embattled status on and off the pitch.
“I would have had questions and concerns and over the last week or two there’s been lots of meetings and trying to work out what’s best,” the former Shamrock Rovers boss conceded.
“But from a football point of view, you look at Bray and I think there’s great potential there. It’s definitely a challenge – the results so far are not what anyone would have wanted them to be.
“A big thing for me is that it’s long-term – it’s over three years. I wasn’t interested in going somewhere for the sake of it. I could have done that on numerous occasions.
“So the longevity of the plan – and there is a plan, which there isn’t in all clubs in our league, unfortunately - that appealed to me.”
Croly also said that he believes the uncertainty currently surrounding the issue of control of the club can be resolved.
“You hear so many things, don’t you? But knowing what’s going on is more valuable and I’m happy with where we are.”
However, barely an hour before Croly was unveiled as the new manager yesterday, the McGettigan’s Group had announced that plans for a takeover of the club had stalled.
“Sadly the deal has still not gone through for reasons beyond our control and in spite of the agreed monies being invested,” they said in a statement. “As a result we are now taking legal advice on our position. McGettigan’s has tried to bring the deal forward with the best intentions of Bray Wanderers and the fans at heart.
“We will continue to make ourselves available and open to talks with the club shareholders. We really hope the current instability at the club is resolved for the sake of the football club and loyal supporters.”
In response, Bray chairman Denis O’Connor maintained that the board had what he called a “Plan B” prepared, indicating that new investors are waiting in the wings.
“I believe the issue is in the control of what I would call the existing board of the company, that’s why I believe it will be resolved,” he said. “But people can take legal action and if they do, it takes a certain course.”
Meanwhile, amid claim and counter-claim regarding monies allegedly still owed to former manager Alan Mathews and his staff, Trevor Croly made clear that the bottom line for him is that there can be uncertainty concerning payment for him, his staff and his players.
“I spoke to the owners and I’m told that’s all in the process of being resolved,” he said.
“But players and everyone have to be paid (or else) I won’t be here. It’s that simple for me.”
While, long-term, Croly wants to get his teeth into enhancing the club’s underage structure, his more immediate goal is to keep Bray – currently second from bottom - in the Premier Division.
“Yes, and I am confident of that,” he said. “I think I can improve the team and help them get results.”
Asked if he considers his new job to be the biggest challenge of his career, he replied: “Possibly, but I’ve faced lots of challenges. I went to Longford Town as assistant and there were problems there.
“So it’s definitely a challenge and I’m looking forward to it. People need to come together and if they genuinely have the best interests of Bray at heart, they should.”
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