The show must go on! - insists Paul Hegarty

Paul Hegarty pictured with former Derry City bosss Peter Hutton.

Paul Hegarty pictured with former Derry City bosss Peter Hutton.

  • Paul Hegarty managed Finn Harps from 2006 to 2009
  • The Co. Donegal man is confident he can help steer Derry clear of relegation
  • Hegarty remains coy about whether or not he will take role on permanent basis
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PAUL Hegarty has made no secret of his desire to manage Derry City.

And while the Ballindrait man, who made the step up from assistant to caretaker boss this week, would have liked to get the job under different circumstances, he’s determined to make the most of his time in charge.

Managers have come and gone over the last number of years and some players are still here. They have to get on with it. That’s their job and that’s what they get paid for.

Paul Hegarty

Sitting comfortably behind his desk in the Brandywell offices yesterday, Hegarty remained coy about his hopes to make the appointment permanent and insists he has just one thing on his mind - Premier Division survival.

While he felt for Hutton after his swift departure this week, Hegarty claims the show must go on.

“I had a phone call from the Chairman and he told me the circumstances and now I’m where I am at the minute,” explained Hegarty.

“It’s no secret I’ve always wanted the job. Probably not in these circumstances but that’s the way it went.

“I’ve been friendly with Peter for a long, long time and we played together. It’s a horrible thing for anybody when you lose your job. It will take Peter a while to get over it but players move on.

“I spoke to him and he’s obviously down. But when one door closes another opens and you have to move on and he understands that himself.

“We have a big game on Friday night and that’s the most important thing. The club is more important than any individual,” he continued. “We need to find three points.”

Hutton’s departure marks the third managerial change at the Brandywell club since 2013 as he follows Declan Devine and Roddy Collins out the Lone Moor Road gates.

“Managers have come and gone over the last number of years and some players are still here,” said Hegarty. “They have to get on with it. That’s their job and that’s what they get paid for. I don’t see any problem whatsoever.

“It’s not about managers and coaches it’s about players. Players have their own dignity and self respect and they don’t want to be where they’re at now. They’re playing for personal pride and everything else.”

When asked again if he would like to take on the role on a permanent basis, Hegarty was once again non-committal in his response.

“If things go well we can sit down and reassess things but I don’t want any distractions.”