Gary Cronin Departs “De Town”

Article by Kieran Burke – @Kieran_B_Sport.

Less than 24 hours after Longford Town’s season came to an end with defeat in the First Division play-off semi-final second leg away to Galway United, the Midlands club has announced the departure of manager Gary Cronin. In an official club statement, Longford Town stated that it was with regret they were informing supporters of Cronin’s exit.

“Longford Town FC regretfully announces that First-Team Manager Gary Cronin has departed the club due to personal circumstances. Gary was a former player at the club where he made 52 appearances before becoming a coach and assistant manager under Tony Cousins. Gary then went on to manage Bray Wanderers for three and a half years before being appointed Manager of Longford Town in December 2021.

Gary brought the club into another playoff this season, finishing a respectable fourth in the league, only behind full-time outfits Galway, Waterford and league winners Cork City.

The club would like to express our huge thanks to Gary and his backroom staff for their tremendous efforts this season.

We wish Gary all the best in the future.”

It’s believed that Cronin informed his players after yesterday’s game at Eamonn Deacy Park that he would not be returning next season, an announcement that left his players in shock. The former Bray Wanderers manager is extremely popular among the players with the likes of Dylan Barnett, Darren Craven, and Sam Verdon following Cronin to Longford after he left the County Wicklow side at the end of last year.

Longford Town had only appointed Cronin less than twelve months ago following the clubs decision to part ways with Daire Doyle, as “De Town” were relegated in 2021. Cronin, who also played for Longford and was assistant manager to the First Division winning side of 2014, had previously stated it was his “dream” to return and manage Longford one day but sadly, it proved to be a short stint in the hot seat at Bishopsgate.

Another former Longford Town player could be set to replace Cronin with ex-Dundalk Head Coach Vinny Perth being linked with the now vacant post.

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