PETER Hutton is the first to admit that he will need to grow a fairly thick skin if he’s to succeed as an influential boss at the Brandywell.
And while his decision making on behalf of Derry City will prove to be pivotal, he remains confident in his own ability having cut his managerial teeth at Finn Harps.
Now aged 41, did he believe that the time was now right for him to take on what could prove a very demanding role on home soil?
“No, I took the job because I couldn’t take the chance that it would come around for me again,” he answered.
“It’s an open secret that I’ve always wanted to manage my home town club having already had the experience of keeping things together as a caretaker manager in the past.
“That said, I’ve received nothing but praise and support since I agreed to take the job last Tuesday night. I’ve associated with Derry City and it’s supporters since I was a teenager, so there’s very little I don’t know about the club,
“I’ve captained the team to a league title back in 1997 and I’ve been lucky enough to win all the major accolades, both on the team front and individually, so to manage the club will see me realise another ambition.”
“I’ve had a good chat with all the staff and we are totally united in our attempts to turn the current situation around as quickly as possible. Hopefully, we will be granted the necessary time to do so, as it will take time.”
Reflecting back on what has been a brief experience under Roddy Collins, Hutton refused to get involved in publicly criticising the former boss, but he did admit having encountered a few differences of opinion.
“To be fair, we got on well enough, but we did have a few differences of opinion in terms of footballing issues. So there are quite a few things I would do differently,” he admitted.
And when asked to set sail for Inchicore last weekend, the new boss did agree to being shocked at the suggestion.
“That did come as a big surprise to me,” he answered. “I certainly didn’t agree with the decision but I had to respect it as he was the manager.
“I think it actually came about as that was one difference of opinion we had. I felt we needed informed and full reports on opposing teams coming the the Brandywell. I had been suggesting that from the start of the season, we didn’t have any so Roddy then made the point that I should go to Inchicore. I was shocked, but I did go and, as it now transpired, it was a good opportunity to watch both St. Pat’s and, indeed, this Friday night’s opponents, Cork City, in action,so all was not lost,” he smiled.