DERRY CITY’S Board of Directors will conduct interviews for the club’s vacant managerial position on Monday and Tuesday of next week, according to chairman, Mr. Philip O’Doherty.
ARTHUR DUFFY reports
And it’s clear that the Brandywell Board is determined to move on following the defection of Stephen Kenny to Shamrock Rovers, the Dubliner having officially been appointed on Wednesday afternoon.
Mr. O’Doherty yesterday extended the best wishes of the local club to its former team boss, adding that he “sincerely hoped Shamrock Rovers would finish second behind Derry City in the race for the 2012 Premier Division title!”
Delighted that his Board would remain in place for at least another year, Mr. O’Doherty announced that he was also re-elected as chairman and had since set himself three immediate priorities - appointing a new manager; securing a position in the 2012/13 Europa League and to continue the push for the refurbishment of Brandywell Stadium.
“The Board has continued to meet regularly and we’ve already opened negotiations with our out of contract players.
“We also intend to have talks with the players we have under contract with a view to extending those contracts,” he confirmed.
“However, the appointment of a new manager is of major importance and, I must admit, I’ve been very impressed with the quality of people who have made contact with the club, both directly and indirectly,” declared Mr. O’Doherty.
“Obviously, I am not prepared to name names at this stage of the progress, but we have a number of candidates very keen on securing the position and, while a few are from outside the league’s jurisdiction, I can say that one or two high profile people have come forward.”
The chairman, therefore, was anxious to fill the vacant position and, to that end, he suggested that interviews would commence on Monday and Tuesday of next week.
“I would hope that we would have a new manager in place on the weekend starting January 6th next. We’re anxious to fill the vacancy as soon as possible in the hope that pre-season training will commence in mid-January with our first competitive match scheduled for Monday or Tuesday, February 13th or 14th in the Setanta Sports Cup competition.”
Given what he described as the ‘high profile’ of those seeking the Derry hotseat, Mr. O’Doherty felt that the Brandywell club remained one of the more fashionable in the Premier Division following last season’s return.
“As a Board, we are delighted that we’ve received a swift and impressive response to Stephen’s decision to move on and it would appear that quite a few high profile personalities certainly appreciate the quality of player we have at our disposal,” he said.
“We are seeking a candidate who will buy into our emphasis on the development of local talent, someone who can bring new ideas to the table and, of course, a manager who will be determined to work within the budget.”