Derry City manager Stephen Kenny believes that his team will return to the Airtricity Premier Division with a new found hunger.
dERRY City manager Stephen Kenny believes that his team will return to the Airtricity Premier Division with a new found hunger.
Speaking after Friday’s goalless draw with Bohemians the Dubliner, who turns 40 today, stated that both he and first team coach Declan Devine will visit various clubs in England and Scotland for ideas on how to help Derry City progress further.
“I will be going to matches all over the place during the off-season,” said Kenny after the game. “Myself and Declan [Devine - coach] are going to be going to clubs and matches all over England and Scotland to see how they do things. We’ll analyse what they are doing and see how we can incorporate it into our training methods here. We want to come back with a hunger, we want to get better because the last thing that we want is to stand still.”
Several members of the current Derry City team are now out of contract. Asked if he is confident that he’ll be able keep players like Stewart Greacen and Eamon Zayed at the club Kenny said that he will be meeting with Board of Directors next week to discuss his budget for the 2012 season.
“I’ll be having meetings with some of the members of the Board this week to try and ascertain what is available for next year and so forth. It’s still a bit unclear to me so I will have to analyse what they have, we’ll discuss it and take it from there.”
The 2011 campaign has been a successful one for Kenny’s team. Only 12 months ago they resided in the First Division but impressively they set the Premier Division alight when they won promotion. Derry finished third in this season’s Premier Division, qualified for next season’s Europa League and lifted the League Cup trophy.
“We don’t want to be praising ourselves too much because that’s for other people to judge.
“I think the players have done exceptionally well and it was important for this club that we qualified for Europe. We have taken some massive steps from where we were two seasons ago. I think for this club to have won promotion last season and to have qualified for Europe this season is a huge achievement on many levels. It’s important that these things happen because it helps us to progress as a club and to re-establish the good name of Derry City Football Club.
“Winning the League Cup was another exceptional achievement as it was the first time many of the players involved had played in that competition. It’s been a good season and although we did well enough there’s still room for improvement.
“At the start of the season many were saying that Dundalk and St. Patrick’s Athletic were strong so for us to finish ahead of good clubs is something we can be happy with.”
Quizzed on whether he thinks that turning 40 will change how he thinks about football Kenny joked that he was hoping his birthday would pass without anyone noticing.
“It was a bit of shock to see that [turning 40] in the paper - that was a stitch up,” he joked. “I was trying to keep that quiet.
“From my point of view as a manager I want to be successful here with Derry. The last few seasons has been a really good journey.
“I have been fortunate enough in my career to work with teams that have won all of the four domestic trophies and I’ll tell you this, I am keen on winning them all again.”