KEVIN DEERY believes his appointment as manager of Institute Football Club represents a ‘new era’ at the Drumahoe club.
And the former Derry City skipper is confident he’s the right man to lead the club back into the Irish Premiership following their relegation from the top flight last season.
The 30 year-old Creggan man, who cut his teeth in management with his boyhood club, Trojans FC last season, succeeds Paul Kee as ‘Stute boss with club captain, Paddy McLaughlin taking up the No. 2 role.
Signing an initial one year contract late last night, Deery insisted he’s ‘excited’ at what represents his biggest challenge in football to date.
“My overwhelming emotion is excitement,” said Deery.
“I’m hoping the club and the fans are excited with the appointment, because I’m really excited and I have full belief and confidence in myself.
“It’s a new era,” he added. “Everything happens for a reason and I will absolutely work my socks off. I’m willing to work harder than anyone else!
“We’ve asked Paddy (McLaughlin) to come in (as assistant) because he’s got the experience of playing and winning the Irish championship title. He has great knowledge of the league and the club.
“I’m passionate and I want to make a career in management and I’m going to work my utmost to be as successful as I can,” he continued.”
“I’ve been in football my whole life and I take great pride in what I’ve achieved in my career. My career was cut prematurely short but I’ve never wanted to go away from the game.
“I’ve always been confident in my ability and the Institute Board have faith in us taking the club forward.”
Deery, who made 302 competitive appearances as a midfielder during almost 12 years at Derry City, claims he will attempt to adopt the same attractive, free-flowing style which he implemented at Trojans last season.
He guided the Creggan club to an historic treble last season and he believes he can bring success to the Riverside Stadium.
“I know what I want and how I want the game to be played and I feel I know how to get it out of players,” he said confidently.
“It’s exciting times and if I can get the players to play the brand of football we played at Trojans at junior level, where we managed to win three trophies last season, then we can get attendances up at the Riverside and get the club back to where it belongs.”
Deery will forever be associated with Derry City and will long be remembered for scoring two magnificent strikes in a UEFA Cup first leg tie when Derry defeated Gretna, 5-1 back in 2006 at Fir Park in Motherwell.
However, he’s looking forward to making a lasting impression at Institute and he feels he brings a fresh approach to the club.
“A lot of young managers have had their playing careers cut short and have went on to make good managers and have fresh ideas and I feel that’s how I will be.
“I will be fresh and passionate and I’m sure my team will realise my passion for them to succeed. I will encourage them to play the right way and have the determination and the will to win.
“If you have those ingredients then we’ll do well. It’s important we meet up with the players first and give them a clear idea of what we’re thinking, There has been players who have left because there was no manager. Hopefully those that remain will be willing to commit to what we’re looking to achieve.
“We have to get a competitive team in place first and foremost but I will do my utmost this year to get the club back to where it belongs.”