Collins and MacPherson interviewed for Derry City job

Roddy Collins.
Roddy Collins.

Former Queen of the South boss, Gus MacPherson, was interviewed by members of the Derry City Board of Directors yesterday, the Sunday Journal understands.

It is also believed that the process to find a replacement for Declan Devine has developed over recent days with former Shamrock Rovers boss Roddy Collins having been interviewed by board members in Donegal on Friday afternoon.

When contacted by the ‘Sunday Journal’ yesterday afternoon, Derry City F.C. Chairman Philip O’Doherty declined to comment.

The ‘Sunday Journal’ also believes that former Derry City captain Peter Hutton and former Drogheda United boss, Mick Cooke, have also been interviewed for the job.

It is believed that the Board of Directors are also interested in interviewing UCD boss Martin Russell.

It is possible that a new manager could be unveiled as soon as the middle of next week.

A second source also told the ‘Sunday Journal’ that former Luton Town and Grimsby Town manager, Mike Newell has expressed an interest in the Brandywell job but at the time of going to print he had not been invited to interview by the Board of Directors.

Chairman, Philip O’Doherty, also declined to comment when asked if the Board of Directors had had any communication with Newell.

“The quality of manager interested in the vacant Derry City job is very pleasing,” said a source close to the club.

“The salary the Board of Directors are offering seems to be very competitive in League of Ireland terms and there’s also the attraction of European football next season.

“I can understand why the Board are taking their time over this one - they want to appoint the right man who will take Derry City to the next level.”

Meanwhile, Michael Rafter, whose contract with Derry City expired at the end of the season is waiting to see who will be appointed as manager before making a decision on his future.

The 21 year-old Tipperary man told the ‘Sunday Journal’ he had been offered a new deal two weeks ago but requested that he be allowed to wait and see who the new manager is.

“As much as I want to stay with Derry City, I asked the Board if they would let me wait and speak to the new manager, whoever he may be.

“I think it would be a bit silly if I was to agree a new deal without knowing who the new manager actually is.

“I’ve been offered the chance to go on trial to few clubs in England and a few other League of Ireland clubs are interested in signing me too. I would love to go back and play at the Brandywell again next year but the deal has to be right for both Derry City F.C. and for myself.”

Elsewhere, former Derry City player and current Wigan Athletic midfielder, James McClean was awarded man-of-the-match for his performance for the Republic of Ireland against Latvia in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Friday evening. Ireland won the game 3-0.