Derry City Boss “has no intention of throwing in the towel”

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DECLAN Devine has no intention of throwing in the towel as Derry City’s odds of participating in next season’s Europa League continues to diminish following a string of shocking results.

The Brandywell boss refused to shy away from questions relating to his own future last night, Devine adamant that his players can fashion a flying finish over the final four games.

The first of those four fixtures, will kick-off at the Brandywell tonight (7.45 p.m.) and it’s a match the “Candy Stripes” simply cannot afford to lose.

Commenting on the current situation after back-to-back defeats to Bohemians and Dundalk over a four days period, the Creggan man was both honest and realistic.

Having won just one league game in his last six outings, Devine agreed that he couldn’t hide the fact that the run the club is on has been shocking.

“There’s no getting away from it, the run we are on is shocking and making matters worse is that we are continuing to concede some very poor goals,” he said.

“But I’ve no intention of throwing in the towel. We still have 12 points to play for and if we can get back to the form which carried us to the top of the table before the mid-season break, I would be confident that we could win the vast majority of those points, if not the full 12,” he claimed.

“For a team that had been doing very well before the break, confidence levels have fallen dramatically after losing so many matches, but the truth of the matter is that we only have ourselves to blame,” added Devine.

“ I could point to the fact that we’ve been on the wrong end of quite a few refereeing decisions, but our overall performances have been very poor and our ‘goals against’ column tells the full story.”