DERRY City’s Board of Directors have acknowledged the advances of their first team panel by extending the contract of Brandywell boss, Peter Hutton, until the end of the 2016 season at least.
Confirming the news last night, club chairman, Philip O’Doherty, held the view that Derry City supporters would warmly welcome the news that Hutton had been rewarded for helping turn the club’s poor start to the season around.
“The Board of Directors are delighted to give Peter Hutton a long-term contract following his success after taking over the managerial reins from Roddy Collins,” said Mr. O’Doherty.
“The team has been playing exceptionally well and scoring goals for fun and the improvement since Peter took over has been significant,” added the chairman.
“However, it goes without saying that Peter would have been appointed the team manager at some stage and while that appointment has arrived sooner than we had expected, I think all Derry City fans will be delighted with the news,” he concluded.
With his current contract set to expire at the end of October, it comes as no doubt that Derry’s longest serving player was delighted to have his future secured until the end of 2016 at least.
“I’m not just delighted for myself, I’m also delighted for the rest of the backroom staff that we’ve got that bit of security in terms of what we hope to implement when going forward,” declared Hutton.
“And given the inconsistent season we have experienced, I think it’s important that we have a bit of stability. “We have a very young team so I think it’s also important for them so that they can look forward knowing that every effort will be made to improve them and continue their development.
“I think stability is also very important when I talk to players about next season. I feel it helps when they realise that the management team will be here to manage them.
“Personally, I’m absolutely delighted having been offered a two years contract extension. I have always felt honoured and privileged to manage my home town football club . The club has been very good to me during my career over the years as a player, and I’d like to think that I have always did my best while under contract at the Brandywell.”
Hutton was acutely aware of the pressure and stress which accompanied such a high profile appointment.
“I’m honoured to have been trusted to take on the managerial reins and I’m under no illusions about the job.
“I’m thoroughly enjoying it at the moment and that’s all down to the playing staff and I certainly do not take the players for granted. There will be times when it will be tough however, while everything seems to be going well for us at the moment, it’s not always going to be rosy in the garden,” smiled Hutton.
“I have great confidence in this squad of players and I firmly believe that the future looks bright for Derry City.
“The attitude and application of the playing staff has made my job so much easier. Since I’ve taken on the job, their commitment and effort has been exemplary and it’s vital that we maintain the high standards we have set for ourselves.
“The momentum has been building up over the past few weeks and we really can’t afford to rest on our laurels. We must push on and finish the season as strongly as possible,” he concluded.
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