Thursday 23 November 2017

'Drogheda was the final straw - we surrendered' - Derry City chairman on Peter Hutton's departure

Derry City manager Peter Hutton. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Derry City v Dundalk, Brandywell, Derry (Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE)
Derry City manager Peter Hutton. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Derry City v Dundalk, Brandywell, Derry (Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE)
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Derry City chairman Philip O’Doherty says that the manner in which the team ‘surrendered’ in a vital relegation six pointer with Drogheda spelled the end for Peter Hutton.

The Candystripes made the decision to change manager after that result left them just two points clear of bottom spot with six games to go - Hutton’s last game at the helm was the FAI Cup reverse to Cork on Monday.

“We gave Peter a year and a half and the results speak for themselves,” said O’Doherty, in an interview with BBC Radio Foyle. “The final straw for me was the Drogheda game; we basically surrendered. It was probably the most important game of the season which if we won would have probably left us safe.”

Hutton’s assistant Paul Hegarty has taken over as interim manager for the final six games of the campaign, with O’Doherty suggesting that the Candystripes would struggle to attract a suitable candidate from outside the locality if they advertised the role.

“All we can do is appoint the best candidate from the people that apply,” he continued, “We get a very small number of applicants any time we do have a vacant managerial position. Derry City is not that attractive a place. Irish football in general is very much Dublin-focused.

"We have, at the minute, these six absolutely crucial matches and then we are going to decide (what to do next). That is what Paul has asked for and that is what we have agreed. I am totally happy with him.”

Hegarty’s first ‘cup final’ will be the visit of Shamrock Rovers to the Brandywell on Friday.

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