Derry boss Roddy Collins: ‘I’m not here to upset people’

Derry captain Cliff Byrne celebrates City's equaliser against Drogheda on Friday night. '(Photo: INPHO/Ryan Byrne)
Derry captain Cliff Byrne celebrates City's equaliser against Drogheda on Friday night. '(Photo: INPHO/Ryan Byrne)

BRANDYWELL boss, Roddy Collins refused to debate alleged dressing room issues in public when challenged to do so last night.

Despite postings on Social Media over the weekend in relation to members of his playing staff, the Dubliner would neither confirm nor deny the controversies, opting instead to look to the future and, as he described, the “bigger picture,” which is Derry City Football Club.

“Personally, I had a difficult few days but, in all honestly, any difficulties I had was put to the back of my mind having watched the players perform against Drogheda at United Park on Friday,” he declared.

“I watched a team boasting great desire, great character and honesty and having witnessed that relentless second half performance, I really didn’t have any problems at all,” he claimed.

“For me, the Drogheda match was a watershed after what threatened to be a difficult weekend for me personally. However, I’m big enough to get over that, I’m not in the business of falling out with players and I certainly don’t want to make enemies, but I suppose these situations all go with the job,” insisted Collins.


“As a manager, I have to make certain calls and, on occasions, make unpopular decisions but it’s important that I take on those responsibilities.

“You will always find people moving into comfort zones - call it what you will - at football clubs and that does create problems.

“Indeed, it can happen in any sporting organisation, but when people take the time to step back and be prepared to think about the greater good, with the club the most important issue, then they will quickly realise that maybe, just maybe, they may have been hasty.

“That said, I would never allow dictators to gain prominence at any football club I’ve been associated with and I’m 37 years in the professional game,” insisted the Dubliner.

“I’ve given 100 per cent respect to every player since I’ve arrived at Derry City and throughout my career I’ve never operated any other way. I’m a players’ manager and I always have been

“I’ve always found out that when the dust eventually settles and people calm down, they will then realise that they are part of something that has the potential to be very special, as I believe Derry City is a fantastic place to work on so many fronts,” contiued Collins.

“I certainly want to be part of that and I’ve no doubt the vast majority of the squad wants to be part of it.

“Young players will learn and eventually understand what I’m trying to do here. And when things settle down they will see the role they are expected to perform.

“Everyone must contribute and everyone must work towards the one end if we are to achieve success.”



The Derry boss also intended to contact former players, asking them to come in, sit down and have a chat with his class of 2014, explaining to young players in particular, what it takes to become a top class player with Derry City Football Club.

“I intend to approach former players as I see a need for them to come in andtalk about their experiences when they plied their trades a the club. I think it’s important that they talk to players who are now operating in their former positions. Indeed, I want former players to have an input because they deserve it,” he maintained.

“At the end of the day we’re all part of a community based club and I certainly don’t want to upset anyone in this community.

“I want the community to be proud of the club and for the club proud of the community which supports it. I’ve made it clear since I arrived, I want things to be right and, in fairness to so many people, anything that I’ve asked for has been provided,” concluded the Dubliner.