Commenting for the first time since his sacking as Derry City manager on Tuesday, September 15th, Peter Hutton insisted that he had “no axe to grind” with the Brandywell club’s Board of Directors.
Indeed, the former player who has occupied every position on the park for the “Candy Stripes” during a lengthy career - excepting the goalkeeping jersey - admits he was disappointed at not seeing out the current season.
That said, he continues to have great faith in the squad he has built and remains confident that Derry will finish comfortably clear of the relegation area this season.
Adopting a professional approach to his sacking, Hutton said: “I was delighted and felt honoured to have been given the opportunity to manage Derry City Football Club and, first and foremost, I wish to publicly thank the Board of Directors for granting me such an opportunity.
“I have enjoyed my time managing what continues to be a great club and wish to thank all those who contributed their time and energy while I was in charge,” added the former boss.
“Obviously, there are too many individuals to mention, but I wish to thank all connected with the club from the ball boys, ground staff, players, backroom team and, of course, the supporters.
“Unfortunately, this season has been particularly frustrating and very disappointing for everyone and I fully understood how the supporters felt.
However, I was equally, if not more frustrated and bitterly disappointed at how the 2015 season unfolded.
“Given the resources at our disposal we knew it was going to be a tough year, but we tried to remain positive throughout with a young squad which, I believe, will become better players from their experiences during this campaign.”