Collins determined to deliver league title

New Derry City manager, Roddy Collins, believes that his time at Brandywell will be “complete failure” unless he can lead the club to a League of Ireland Premier Division title.

Dubliner Collins was officially unveiled as Declan Devine’s successor inside a packed Derry City Social Club on Wednesday afternoon.

New Derry City FC manager Roddy Collins and assistant manager Peter Hutton. (DER4713PG051)

New Derry City FC manager Roddy Collins and assistant manager Peter Hutton. (DER4713PG051)

Former Derry City captain, Peter Hutton, who was revealed as Collins’ assistant manager, was also at the press conference.

“I am mad for winning,” said Collins.

“I’ve no interest in anything else but winning. My only interest at the minute is winning the Premier Division title with Derry City and if I don’t do that I am an absolute and complete failure.”

Collins and Hutton entered the function room in the social club to a loud applause and the new boss described his appointment as a “great honour”.

“Lovely round of applause, great weather and I hope by the end of my time here you’ll be clapping me as well because Peter Hutton and Harry McCourt told if you lose two games you get barred from the Derry City Social Club,” joked Collins.

“It’s a great honour and it’s very exciting for me. I haven’t slept well the last few nights - I was waiting on our man Sean [Barrett - Derry City F.C. Chief Executive Officer] to pick up the phone and tell me the deal was done.

“I can’t put it into words what it feels like to be the manager of this club. The excitement and enthusiasm I feel and the pride I have for getting the chance to manage Derry City is just priceless - it’s unbelievable.”

Collins stressed his admiration for Hutton and even joked that his wife was more of a fan of the Derry City stalwart than he is.

“I’ve always admired Peter Hutton but so has my wife.

“She probably couldn’t name five players from the League of Ireland from the last 30 years but she always talked about Peter Hutton and she said she reminded her of Roy Keane.

“I don’t know Peter, personally, really well, but I don’t have to because I respect him as a player and a professional and I am looking forward to working with him.”

See Friday’s Derry Journal for full coverage.