DROGHEDA United boss, Robbie Horgan is probably better placed than most to judge new Derry City boss, Peter Hutton’s managerial pedigree.
The former Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper is currently participating in the FAI’s UEFA Pro Licence course alongside the recently appointed ‘Candy Stripes’ manager and he’s in no doubt the Derry City legend is the right man to turn around the Brandywell club’s fortunes.
And that generous assessment of ‘Pizza’s credentials came after the Derry manager guided his side to an impressive 2-0 victory over Horgan’s wounded Drogheda United team last Friday night.
That first league victory in seven attempts could well be a watershed in Derry’s so far disappointing league campaign, and Horgan is in no doubt that Hutton is the right man for the job.
Hutton and Horgan are two of 17 coaches currently on the FAI’s Pro- License course - the fourth group of coaches to go through the UEFA Pro Licence system with the FAI Coach Education department.
And the Drogheda boss insists Hutton can instil belief in his side, restore morale and outwit the recent upheaval at the club.
“I’m on the Pro Licence course with Peter (Hutton) and so I know what he’s like and Derry are probably the same as us and need belief.
“Peter, I’ve no doubt, will do a great job at Derry City,” said Horgan. “There’s some great young lads on the Derry team. There’s some nice pacey, big physical athletes so he’ll know what to do.
“You’re starting base is always to keep a clean sheet and they’ve done that against us and I’ve no doubt Derry will be fine.”
Derry involved in Mini League
Drogheda, like Derry, have experienced a stuttering start to the 2014 campaign and Horgan believes both teams have fallen too far off the pace to be challenging at the top this season.
And Horgan believes both Derry and Drogheda are now competing in a ‘mini league’ in the bottom section of the table.
“Derry are probably playing in a mini league like us at the minute,” he said. “The league’s gone into two different sections and it’s important you’re beating the teams in and around you in that section.”
Derry came out on top in the second meeting of the season between the teams (the previous clash in Drogheda finished 1-1) and Horgan has no complaints with the result.
“I thought we stayed in the game for a while,” he said. “Obviously we were disappointed with the first goal. The ball was in the air a long time and we should’ve dealt with it a bit better.
“But trailing 1-0 at half-time we reorganised. We knew we would get chances in the second half and we just got caught on the counter attack by Derry and they took their goal very well.
“We’re disappointed because it was our throw-in in their final third. But we were going for it. And even at 2-0 we created a few opportunities.
“It was a better performance obviously than Tuesday night (against Dundalk) but it’s a result business at the end of the day.
“Nobody likes a result like the one on Tuesday night but the beauty of football is that you get to bounce back in your next game.
“We came up here (to Brandywell) knowing we had that opportunity. We huffed and puffed and need that bit of luck as well.
“I’m a firm believer that you make your own luck in games and the harder you work the more luck you get. It’ll come but it won’t be from a lack of effort,” he concluded.