RODDY Collins’ first signing is expected to be his 19-year-old son, Roddy jun., who played for his dad in Monaghan in 2011 and with Athlone when winning the First Division title last season.
And the teenage defender is expected to be accompanied by an unknown young striker who, according to the new Derry boss, will only play for Roddy Collins and one else!
Larger than life and sharp as a razor, Collins clearly enjoyed meeting the Press and the supporters who had gathered in the Crawford Square Social Club on Wednesday at lunchtime.
He opted to immediately break the ice with laughable comments relating to his new assistant manager, Peter Hutton.
“I had to tell Peter that I’d do the wearing of the suits and I’m glad he didn’t let me down today having brought his confirmation suit with him to this conference!” laughed the Dubliner.
And he didn’t forget the generosity of the Derry City supporters either, those who had travelled to Dublin for cup finals in the past at Dalymount.
“My family lived quite close to that area and we really looked forward to the arrival of Derry fans in Dublin.
“We made plenty of sandwiches and sold them to the supporters as the passed by the bottom of our garden!” declared the new boss.
But while he did fashion quite a few laughs, he was also sincere when commenting on Derry’s failure to land the club’s third league title in their 28 years history in the League of Ireland.
“I’ve won a League of Ireland double with Bohemians, but it’s tough to win a title. You have to go with whatever it takes to win,” he said.
“You’ve got to be ruthless and honest and I will do that, because this is all about winning. I will give you 100 per cent commitment, honesty and I’ll do the hard work, as I’ve said, whatever it takes. You may not like it sometimes and not everyone is going to like Roddy Collins.”
But what of Derry City’s highly respected Youth Academy and the coaches who have continually attracted local youth players to the club on annual basis.
Did Eddie Seydak, John Quigg and Hugh Harkin figure in his plans?
“I intend to be talking to quite a few people over the next week or so and Eddie Seydak and his coaches will certainly be included.
“I intend to embrace the Derry youth policy and any player you can get for nothing makes it so much easier for any manager. If you look back through my career in management, you will see that I’ve never had any fears of putting kids in.”
While his ultimate goal is to winning the Premier Division Championship, Derry’s involvement in European football next season was an added bonus and he held the view that Europa League football would help when attempting to secure new playing staff for the Brandywell club.
“European football can be a key factor when attempting to attract players and while it is important, my priority is winning the league title. If I don’t achieve that at Derry, then I will be considered an absolute, total and complete failure,” he concluded.