DERRY CITY has confirmed former Manchester United winger, Andrei Kanchelskis, is one of several applicants for the managerial position but the Brandywell club initially believed the application was a wind-up!
Derry City CEO, Mr Sean Barrett, claims the Ukrainian’s approach came as a major shock as the club is not in the market for a new manager!
The 46-years-old ex-United, Everton and Rangers star’s interest in taking the reigns at Derry City is genuine, however, the message from the club is clear - there is no job for the former Premiership winger.
And Mr Barrett (below) said he was ‘amazed’ at the huge interest generated in a position which quite simply, isn’t available despite applications currently flooding in.
Caretaker boss, Paul Hegarty will remain in charge until the end of the season and is currently the front-runner to take on the job full-time.
And Mr Barrett claimed the club will not be considering Kanchelskis’ application with the club’s immediate priority maintaining its Premier Division status.
“We’re not looking for a manager. We haven’t even advertised the post - we have a manager! I genuinely thought it was a prank.
“We have appointed Paul Hegarty as manager until the end of the season and we will decide together, whether he wants to reamin in charge when the season is over.
“While there is no managerial vacancy, there have been several applicants,” confirmed Mr Barrett. “And Kanchelskis has applied.
“We are only interested in is getting the season completed and making sure we avoid relegation.”
We’re not looking for a manager. We haven’t even advertised for the post - we have a manager! I genuinely thought it was a prank.Sean Barrett
Kanchelskis has had a number of managerial roles on his CV - none of which have been successful with his most recent job with Latvian side, FC Jurmala, lasting just four months.
And while it’s extremely unlikely Kanchelskis - who starred for the ‘Red Devils’ between 1991 and 1995 - will be a future Derry City boss, Mr Barrett can understand the interest in the role.
“You look at the many managers who have made their name in the League of Ireland.
“Sam Allardyce is the big one,” suggesed Mr Barrett. “Paul Cook is now managing Portsmouth and Ian Baraclough was at Motherwell. So it can be a big stepping stone for managers looking to break into the English game.
“It’s a very competitive market but we’re not looking for a manager,” reiterated the Derry CEO.
Meanwhile, current boss, Hegarty strengethened his claims for the No. 1 position with a crucial victory over Bray at the weekend.
The Co. Donegal man has now taken seven points from a possible nine since taking over the reigns, guiding Derry to sixth spot in the Premier Division table.
However, the ‘Candy Stripes’ remain six points off bottom spot and victory over basement club, Limerick at the Markets Field this Friday night will surely guarantee safety.