Bray Wanderers have announced that Alan Mathews will take over from Pat Devlin as manager at the club.

Mathews, a former Bray player, has had previous managerial spells with Shelbourne, Drogheda United, Cork City and Longford Town. Barry O’Connor, also a former Bray player, will be his assistant.

Speaking about the appointment, Mathews  said: "I am delighted to have been given this exciting opportunity and look forward to commencing pre-season training.

"There are a lot of good people at this football club and both Barry O’Connor and I will put all our energy and commitment into having a successful season in 2014."

Wanderers finished second from bottom last year under Devlin, who has managed the club on four occasions since the mid-1980s.

General Manager Jack O’Neill said: "We are delighted that Alan Mathews has taken on this role and this will be one of a number of announcements that the club will be making in the coming weeks.

"We would like to welcome both Alan and Barry back to the club and would like to wish both of them every success for the coming season.

"On behalf of the club we would like to thank Pat Devlin and his backroom team for the marvellous service that they have given to Bray Wanderers since our entry into the League of Ireland in 1985."