Sunday 18 February 2018

Roddy Collins vows to end Derry's 'shocking' title famine

Roddy Collins
Roddy Collins
Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

RODDY Collins is back in the big time and hungry for success.

The 52-year-old Dubliner will attend a press conference in Derry today at which he will formally be presented as manager to the media and public.

Collins, who guided Athlone Town to the Airtricity First Division title and promotion this year, can't wait for the new campaign to begin.

Derry City represents a great opportunity and Collins doesn't intend to waste it, particularly as they are in the Europa League next season.

"It's brilliant. I'm absolutely over the moon. Derry are a top team in the league. They haven't won the title since 1997 and that's shocking for such a big club," he said.

"I'm not going up there to mess around. I'm not interested in just having a job. I want a challenge, and that's a challenge right there to win the league and that's what I'm setting out to do.

"When you win it or how you win it is another day's work and I won't know about that until I get up to the club, but I know there's a fantastic base of players and a great structure there.

"I'm delighted to have Peter Hutton with me as assistant. He has a great history with the club and he's a good lad.

"I know there's a few positions to be filled in the team, but I'm going to give everyone who's there a fair chance.

"The most important thing for me is I want people at the club who want success," he said.

Derry City chief executive Sean Barrett welcomed the new management team of Collins and Hutton to their set-up.

"Roddy Collins is a manager of vast experience," said Barrett. "Peter Hutton managed at Finn Harps last year and achieved everything there is to achieve as a player, so they are the right team to bring the club forward."

Collins' top achievements as a manager to date were in 2000-01 when he led Bohemians to the Premier Division and FAI Cup double.

He also won promotion with Monaghan United in 2011, and brought success to Athlone Town this year.

Collins did a great job at Athlone, and refutes suggestions that there was any acrimony in his departure from the Midlands club.

"I had no falling-out with anybody. There were no contract talks. I left Athlone amicably and I wish them well for the future," he said.

Athlone Town appointed ex-Drogheda United boss Mick Cooke as manager earlier this week.

Irish Independent

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