Collins in line for manager's job at Brandywell as Derry sack Devine
RODDY COLLINS (below) is a leading contender to become the new manager of Derry City.
The Dubliner, who steered Athlone Town to promotion from the First Division earlier this month, is being considered by Derry following their decision to part company with Declan Devine. Former Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels has also been linked with the post.
Devine, a former City player who had assisted Stephen Kenny, was promoted to the position of manager following the Dubliner's departure for Shamrock Rovers before the 2012 season.
His debut campaign ended in celebration at the Aviva Stadium with an FAI Cup win over St Patrick's Athletic and the Candystripes started this year in impressive fashion. However, their title challenge fell off the rails in the middle of the season and there were persistent rumblings on Foyleside about Devine's position.
Derry finished the season on a high with a 6-0 success over Limerick, which clinched fourth place – an outcome that will be good enough to earn a place in Europe next season if Sligo Rovers beat Drogheda United in the FAI Cup final.
Devine made it clear afterwards that he wanted to stay in charge and defended his record.
"This is my club. I believe what I'm doing is right. We are building a new team with young players. I believe in my ability. Now we'll see if everybody else does."