Hutton not about to panic as McCann leaves Brandywell!

Peter Hutton
Peter Hutton

PETER HUTTON claims Derry City will be in no rush to replace Marty McCann after parting ways with his first team coach by ‘mutual consent’ yesterday morning.

McCann’s sudden departure leaves Hutton without two of his first team coaches as Sean Hargan is currently out due to injury.

However, having welcomed Michael Whitley into his coaching staff last week, Hutton isn’t about to press the panic button just yet.

In fact, the Derry boss claims the club will be in no rush to replace McCann and added that he wasn’t afraid to ‘get his hands dirty’ as he bids to drag the ‘Candy Stripes’ out of relegation trouble.

Thanking McCann for his ‘great service’ to the Brandywell club over the past three years, Hutton wished McCann well.

However he claimed it could be a good opportunity to ‘freshen things up’.

Some people say if you keep doing the same things you’re going to keep getting the same results so maybe it is a good opportunity to freshen things up.

Peter Hutton

“It (McCann’s departure) unfolded on Sunday night and into this morning (yesterday)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. We’ve already added Michael Whitley to the team with Sean Hargan ruled out after an operation.

“Michael is a very good experienced coach but we’ll probably look to bring in someone else and I’m certainly not afraid to get my hands dirty - far from it.

“Some people say if you keep doing the same things you’re going to keep getting the same results so maybe it is a good opportunity to freshen things up.”

McCann is the latest to leave the club in recent weeks following swiftly in the footsteps of Anthony Elding, Seanan Clucas and Shaun Kelly - the latter leaving after Friday’s draw with Limerick.

However, Hutton isn’t overly concerned and explained Kelly had wanted to leave the club.

“Limerick have come in for him (Shaun Kelly) and turned his head,” explained Hutton. “He wanted to go and that happened fairly quickly. Because we have Rob Cornwall here it gave us the option of allowing Shaun to go.

“Shaun would be the first to admit himself that it just hasn’t worked out. He came in last year and it was stop-start because he was cup tied.

“And then he got injured early this season so it just didn’t work out the way we would’ve like it. With Rob coming in we decided to let him go and it suited both parties.”

Hutton has been given the full support of the club’s chairman, Philip O’Doherty and has been promised financial support as he continues to search for new additions to his squad.

“I spoke to Philip on Saturday morning and I speak to Sean (Barrett) every day. The Board have been very supportive to be quite honest. And if anything they are of the opinion that I need a bit more support which is good to hear.

“They can see what we’re trying to do with the young group. Unfortunately the results just haven’t been what we would’ve liked.

“It shows a good deal of solidarity in terms of the board supporting us. The players themselves, with all this doom and gloom and not knowing what’s going on and wondering if the management is possibly going - it’s very unsettling for everyone.

“I think at the minute we just have to get one or two results and it will turn around.

And we’re hopeful of getting a couple of faces in but there’s no guarantees. We’re actively trying to recruit a couple but we’re conscious we need a few bodies in.”