DERRY CITY: We must take a ‘Pizza’ the blame - says Ryan McBride

Derry captain Ryan McBride claims the players must shoulder the blame for Peter Hutton's sacking.
Derry captain Ryan McBride claims the players must shoulder the blame for Peter Hutton's sacking.

DERRY CITY captain Ryan McBride claims the players must take some responsibility for the sacking of former boss, Peter Hutton this week!

Hutton handed the Brandywell lad the Derry City captaincy in February this year and McBride insists he will be forever grateful for the honour.

The players have to give Paul Hegarty their full backing now. He’s a bit more vocal and will get the players hyped up for the game.

Ryan McBride

McBride, who will face a late fitness test ahead of tonight’s crucial clash with Shamrock Rovers, insist the dressing room was fully behind Hutton before his departure and believes it was a ‘harsh’ decision to let him go with just six games remaining to save their season.

“He gave me the captaincy which is a great honour for me,” said McBride. “He’s a legend at the club and I would like to thank him for that and wish him all the best in his career.

“Peter texted us and told us that the club let him go on Tuesday and I felt it was harsh to be honest,” he added.” I thought they would let him see out the six games of the season and then consider it again.

“Everyone was behind Peter,” he added. “He’s a great fella and a good manager I just don’t think he got enough time.

“The players were a bit down on Wednesday. No one likes to see a man lose his job but today the spirits were lifted a bit as they’re looking forward to the match.”

McBride can’t argue with the run of poor results and in particular that limp 2-0 home loss to Drogheda United which sealed Hutton’s fate. However, he felt the team were beginning to turn the tide.

“We’ve recently had a bit of a settled team and I thought we were starting to play well. We were poor on the Saturday against Drogheda but it wasn’t all Peter’s fault. We weren’t good enough and I think the players had a part to play in him losing his job because we weren’t performing on the pitch.”

With Hutton’s managerial reign now consigned to the history books, McBride insists the players are now fully behind caretaker boss, Paul Hegarty. And he believes the Ballindrait man can get the best out of the players for the run-in.

“The players have to give Paul Hegarty their full backing now. He’s a bit more vocal and will get the players hyped up for the game.

“The players need to leave everything on the pitch.”