MARTY McCann has thanked Derry City for giving him the opportunity to coach at the top level in the League of Ireland during the past three years after leaving the club by ‘mutual consent’ this morning.
His decision to leave the club will have come as a shock to many and although he didn’t wish to go into the reasons for walking away, he felt it was difficult to watch the club go through such a difficult time.
And having experienced two sojourns into European football during the past three years and , indeed, two FAI Cup Finals, he claims he can look back fondly on his career at the club.
“Derry has been good to me during the three years I was there,” he said.
“We got into Europe twice during that time and got to two FAI Cup final, winning one so I have fond memories.
“Things just weren’t going the way I would want so I felt I had to leave,” he revealed.
“I would just like to look back at the good times I had with the club.
“And I’d like to thank the club for giving me the opportunity to experience working at that level.
“It’s been hard being at the club this last while as things took a downturn, “Bearing in mind that this time two years ago we were sitting second in the league table and were only back from Trabzonspor which was a fantastic experience. But that’s football.”
Meanwhile, Derry City manager, Peter Hutton thanked McCann for his service but claimed he won’t rush into appointing a replacement.
Things just weren’t going the way I would want so I felt I had to leave. I would just like to look back at the good times I had with the club.Marty McCann
“It (McCann’s departure) unfolded on Sunday night and I’ve been taking the training,” confirmed Hutton.
“Marty has given great service here over the years when he came in previously with Paul Hegarty and Decky Devine,” he added.
“I wish him well. I know he’s heavily involved in the N. Ireland junior set-up so I think that’s got a lot to do with it as well in terms of the commitment involved there. I just wish him well.
“We will need a replacement but we’re not going to rush into anything.”