Derry City’s new manager, Peter Hutton, is an apostle of the Brandywell club’s free-flowing style and having agreed to return to the hotseat for the remainder of the season, the 41-years-old is keen to foster such an approach.
With first team coach, Marty McCann, his No. 2, the pair insist that while it’s vital to maintain Derry City’s “local player” approach, they will be asking the senior players in the squad to assist in the development of the talented youngsters.
“It’s small steps and it’s imperative we get the players to get that belief back,” said ‘Pizza’. “They have the belief in their own ability and you will see that in their confidence and swagger and they can go out and express themselves.
“First and foremost we have to get that enjoyment back. We have some very good young players and some on the periphery as well. We need both the young and experienced players together to try and get that balance. So it’s a tough challenge but one I’m looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into.”
For full feature on Hutton and, indeed, a comprehensive preview on his return to football management, see Friday’s edition of the “Journal.”