KEVIN Deery last night ended his association with Derry City Football Club when launching a broadside at current Brandywell boss Roddy Collins.
The 29-years-old midfielder, whose career has been decimated by injury over recent years and has been out of contract since last November, posted the news on his ‘Facebook’ account late yesterday afternoon.
Deery wrote: “That’s me officially released with the club I have spent my whole career with. I’ve had some amazing times with Derry City but all good things have to come to an end. Unfortunately for myself, it has come to an end partly through injuries and through a manager who’s without doubt one of the most hateful men I have come across in football. Thanks to all my fellow players I have played with throughout my time at the club. Good luck.”
The social media outburst will cause no shortage of controversy within Derry City circles and the player’s comments will be seen as a reaction to the club’s failure to offer Deery a new contract.
However, a club spokesman was disappointed at the news.
“Kevin Deery is a highly respected former captain of Derry City and the club is disappointed that he has reacted in this way,” he said.
“Kevin’s contract expired last November but the club opted to help organise and fund a rehabilitation programme to assist him as he attempts to overcome his troublesome knee problems.
“Obviously, no contract had been offered but we feel it was very unfair of him to criticise our current manager, Roddy Collins, who has no control over Kevin Deery as he has never managed him,” added the spokesman.
“In addition, the club honoured Kevin Deery for his loyalty with a testimonial season last year and we are very sorry to learn of the action he has taken.”
The player made a total of 13 appearances in the 44 competitive games played last season.
Kevin graduated through Derry City’s Youth Academy in 2002 having since made a total of 302 compeitive appearances in almost 12 years at the club.
He will be long remembered for scoring two magnificent strikes in a UEFA Cup first leg tie when Derry defeated former Scottish club, Gretna, 5-1 back in 2006 at Fir Park in Motherwell.