Discipline is the key - Molloy

Derry City's Barry Molloy.
Derry City's Barry Molloy.

Derry City midfielder Barry Molloy believes discipline should be the main priority for whoever replaces former Brandywell boss Declan Devine as manager.

The Sunday Journal understands that Derry City are no closer to identifying who they want to take over after Devine left the club by mutual consent last Sunday.

However, it is believed that club chairman, Philip O’Doherty, who is in the USA on business today, would like to have someone installed before the end of the month.

Molloy, who is contracted to the club until the end of next season, said he was disappointed with the way the team’s league form dipped during the season. He said that no matter who gets the job they have to put discipline at the very top of their agenda.

“When you are playing at this level discipline is key and if we want to improve next season like we did this season then discipline has to be looked at,” he said in an interview with the Sunday Journal.

Today Molloy and team mate Ruaidhri Higgins are taking part in a charity cycle from Hunky Dorys Park in Drogheda to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, where Sligo Rovers take on Drogheda United in the final of the FAI Ford Cup.

If Sligo win the final then Derry City will qualify for the Uefa Europa League competition next season.

The Candy Stripes finished in fourth place in the league with Sligo finishing ahead of them in third.

“Drogheda have the ability to beat any team but hopefully Sligo can do us a massive favour and beat them.

“If we get into Europe then this season will have been an improvement so fingers crossed.”

When asked if he would have any preference over who Devine’s replacement would be, Molloy said he was not concerned about personalities.

“I don’t have an opinion in terms of individuals.

“I just want to see someone come in who is ambitious and who is serious about discipline.

“Derry City is a big team and with the young local talent coming through the ranks there is no reason why we can’t get better next season.”

For the full interview with Barry Molloy turn to pages 46-47.