PETER Hutton has been sacked by Derry City Football Club and club Chairman, Philip O’Doherty claims the league defeat to Drogheda United on September 5th proved to be ‘the final straw’.
Derry’s longest serving player took over the managerial reins in May last year and while he did lead the ‘Candy Stripes’ to last season’s FAI Cup final, the club’s progress in the league campaign had been particularly disappointing this season.
Hutton, whose record appearances of over 600 competitive games is unlikely to be matched, is believed to be very disappointed at the decision of the Board, having expected to see out the current at least.
His newly appointed assistant, Paul Hegarty, will lead the first team until the end of the current season in a caretaking capacity.
Hutton’s departure marks the third managerial change at the Brandywell club since 2013 and Derry City Chairman, Mr O’Doherty claimed the ‘results speak for themselves’.
“We gave Peter Hutton a year and a half and the results speak for themselves,” he said. “I had a long conversation with him yesterday (Wednesday) and the final straw was the Drogheda game.”
A statement on the club’s website read: “The Derry City FC Board Of Directors would like to announce that Peter Hutton has left the club by mutual consent.
“Derry City FC would like to thank Peter for his service, and we wish him well for the future.
“Paul Hegarty will take over as caretaker manager until the end of the season.”