DERRY CITY: Paul Hegarty turns down Derry City job

Paul Hegarty will not be the new Derry City manager.
Paul Hegarty will not be the new Derry City manager.

Paul Hegarty has turned down the chance to become Derry City manager on a permanent basis after turning down the role for personal reasons after a meeting with Chairman Philip O’Doherty.

Hegarty has been in talks with the club all week and met O’Doherty on Saturday after the Chairman’s return from a business trip but was unable to agree terms.

The news will come as a shock to the Brandywell hierarchy who believed they could convinced the Donegal man to become Peter Hutton’s successor and now leaves them facing a race against time to find a new manager with most of last season’s squad out of contract following the 4-2 defeat to Longford on Friday night.

Former Manchester United players Andrei Kanchelskis and Pat McGibbon have made their interest in the post known but the club may have to start the recruitment process again having believed Hegarty’s appointment was only a matter of time.