Chairman wants new Derry boss by end of November

Derry City's chairman Philip O'Doherty  (2606JB91)
Derry City's chairman Philip O'Doherty (2606JB91)

DERRY City chairman, Mr. Philip O’Doherty, hopes to have a new manager in place at the Brandywell by the third week in November!

And it has also emerged that the club has received further approaches from agents representing other possible candidates currently residing in both England and Scotland.

Mr. O’Doherty, however, refused to release the identities of those applying for the vacant manager’s job but he did confirm that approaches to the club have been made by individuals representing possible candidates from across the Channel as well as from the Airtricity League.

“As has been the case in the past, the Board of Directors have opted to list the names of those who have expressed an interest in managing Derry City Football Club.

“From those candiates, a shortlist will be discussed and agreed and interviews will then take place over the period of one week,” said the Chairman.

“As far as I’m aware, a number of new approaches have been made to the club, mainly through agents representing managers who have expressed an interest. Others have contacted members of the Board directly and at this moment in time, in the region of eight to 10 candidates have expressed an interest in taking the job,” added Mr. O’Doherty.

“Ideally, I’d like to have the new manager appointed before the end of November. I believe he will require time to assess the current squad available to him and with the Airtricity League’s Transfer Window not opening until December 1st, he may well have identified players he may wish to bring to the club.

“Obviously it’s a big decision for the Board to make, but we will not be rushed into making an appointment just for the sake of it.

“And with interest having arrived from the U.K., we may need additional time,” he concluded.