DECLAN Devine last night made his opening pitch in an effort to retain his position as team boss at Brandywell Stadium.
And as Devine’s “Candy Stripes” prepare to face Limerick at the Lone Moor Road venue this evening, there’s no doubt that his hopes to remain as Derry City manager would be improved with back-to-back qualification for the Europa League.
To achieve that, Devine’s troops must win tonight’s final fixture and hope that Sligo Rovers put Drogheda United to the sword in the FAI Cup final on Sunday week.
The Creggan man made no secret of the fact that he wished to remain in situ and stated that following tonight’s game he would be seeking a meeting with the club’s Board of Directors.
When questioned on his thoughts in relation to the Derry City rumour mill which has suggested that several footballing personalities have already made it known that they would be interested in the job, Devine dismissed all the speculation.
“The rumour mill has been rife in Derry, as it always is. During the season I’ve heard some absolute beezers in relation to what has allegedly been going on behind the scenes, but that’s part and parcel in football.
“I tend to dismissed the rumours and I have always opted to act professionally and get on with managing the football club,” he answered.
“Initially I was tasked with the prospect of continuing to develop young players at the club, giving them an opportunity to play at senior level and I believe we have been successful on that front. I also believe it’s the only way forward.
“However, I also hold the view that the team needs strengthening for next season and that work must start immediately. Some players will be playing their final games for the club on Friday, while others have been considering offers to remain. But so much will depend on the budget available for the new campaign.”