FORMER Glasgow Celtic defender, Willie McStay, is the latest name to be linked with the vacant managerial position at the Brandywell, the “Journal” has learned.
ARTHUR DUFFY reports
And the Scot, it is believed, will be interviewed by the Derry City Board of Directors at some stage this week.
The 50-year-old is currently employed as the assistant manager of Conference side, Stockport County, but he has experienced life in the League of Ireland having played for and managed Sligo Rovers from 1992 to 1994.
McStay returned to Scotland to take up a full-time position with Celtic having managed both the youth set-up at Celtic Park before taking over the management of the reserve team from 2007 to 2009.
Having represented Celtic as a player from 1981 to 1987 - 67 appearances - he also took up a managerial positiion with Hungarian side, Ujpest FC in Budapest during the 2009/2010 season before returning to Celtic Park.
While the Derry Board of Directors last night refused to either confirm or deny the speculation, it’s understood McStay would welcome a return to management in the League of Ireland.
On his last visit to Derry he attended the Brandywell club’s 25th Anniversary Dinner in 2010 and, indeed, had been linked to the Derry City post in the past but opted to remain in Scotland in a full-time position leading the Celtic Youth Academy.
While McStay’s interest in the position will certainly raise quite a few eyebrows, Derry have not yet discounted interest from former Northern Ireland international, Jim Magilton.
The Belfast man, who has managed both Queens Park Rangers and Ipswich Town, is also understood to be a major competitor for the vacant job at Preston North End, a position which is expected to be filled over the next 48 hours.
Like McStay, Magilton is believed to have expressed an interest in the position and while sources have suggested that he would prefer to remain in England, much will depend on the outcome of the Deepdale vacancy.
The Brandywell Board interviewed several candidates yesterday (Monday) with former Sligo, Bohemians, Dundalk and Galway manager, Sean Connor, understood to have been one of those candidates.
It’s also understood that former boss, Stephen Kenny’s assistant manager, Declan Devine, also met with the Board yesterday, the local man keen on stepping up into the Brandywell hotseat.
Meanwhile, Derry City chairman, Mr. Philip O’Doherty, suggested last week that he hoped to have a new manager in place by this weekend.,