DERRY CITY: Paul Hegarty glad to be back at Brandywell

Paul Hegarty has returned to Derry City as assistant manager.
Paul Hegarty has returned to Derry City as assistant manager.

DERRY CITY’s new assistant manager, Paul Hegarty conducted his first training session at Clooney Park this morning alongside manager, Peter Hutton and he’s delighted to be back!

The Ballindrait man is hoping he can help bring the ‘buzz’ back to Brandywell and was encouraged by the effort put in at a practise match.

BACK AT THE BRANDYWELL. . . .First Team coach Paul Hegarty pictured at the Brandywell on Wednesday afternoon. DER3015MC053

BACK AT THE BRANDYWELL. . . .First Team coach Paul Hegarty pictured at the Brandywell on Wednesday afternoon. DER3015MC053

Hegarty begins his third spell as assistant boss at the Lone Moor Road venue having previously served as both Stephen Kenny and Declan Devine’s No. 2.

Disappointing league results has seen the atmosphere and, indeed, attendances at Brandywell flatten in recent weeks and Hegarty is hoping the club can turn that around - with the help of the fans of course!

A regular face in the crowd at Derry City matches this season, Hegarty admits he’s found it hard watching the team struggle.

He’s looking forward to working alongside Hutton and he was encouraged with the hunger and effort shown by the players, who he believes can start delivering results, starting with Friday’s game against Longford.

There’s an awful lot of good players here and a lot of talent. I don’t know what’s gone wrong but it’s something that needs to be addressed.

Paul Hegarty

“To be honest it’s hard looking from the outside in,” said the former Finn Harps boss.

“It is a massive club and where we’re at, at the minute, there’s an awful lot of work to be done.

“Hopefully in the next few weeks we’ll get a few things sorted and it’s onwards and upwards.

“I really enjoy the place and there has always been a great buzz about the place and we need to get that back again and get people back in the gate.

“There’s an awful lot of good players here and a lot of talent. I don’t know what’s gone wrong but it’s something that needs to be addressed.

“To be fair they trained really well today and that’s all you ask for that they give 100 per cent.”

See full interview in Friday’s ‘Journal’