DERRY CITY’s new assistant manager, Paul Hegarty is hoping he can help bring the ‘buzz’ back to Brandywell Stadium after quickly settling into his new role this week.
The Ballindrait man will be at manager Peter Hutton’s right hand side in the Brandywell dugout for tonight’s crucial clash with Longford and he’s expecting the struggling ‘Candy Stripes’ to get back on track with a much needed victory.
Having conducted his first training session on Wednesday morning alongside Hutton, he was delighted with what he saw from the players during a practice match at Clooney Park West.
Hegarty begins his third spell as assistant boss at Brandywell having previously served as both Stephen Kenny and Declan Devine’s No. 2.
Disappointing league results has seen the atmosphere and attendances at Brandywell flatten in recent weeks and Hegarty is hoping the club can turn that around - with the help of the fans of course!
A regular face in the crowd at Derry City matches this season, Hegarty admits he’s found it hard watching the team struggle.
He’s looking forward to working alongside Hutton and he was encouraged with the hunger and effort shown by the players who he believes can start delivering results starting with tonight’s game against Longford.
“To be honest it’s hard looking from the outside in,” said the former Finn Harps boss.
“It is a massive club and where we’re at, at the minute, there’s an awful lot of work to be done.
“Hopefully in the next few weeks we’ll get a few things sorted and it’s onwards and upwards.
“There’s an awful lot of good players here and a lot of talent. I don’t know what’s gone wrong but it’s something that needs to be addressed.
“To be fair they trained really well today and that’s all you ask for that they give 100 per cent.”
Hegarty has managed at Finn Harps for three years during which he led the Ballybofey club to promotion from the First Division and he’s also held the hot-seat at Institute.
The Co. Donegal man has made over 200 appearances for Derry during his playing days and it’s certainly a club he holds close to his heart.
“I’ve always enjoyed it here and any success I’ve ever had in football was at Derry City and Finn Harps.”
He feels he has plenty to offer the club but he claims the team’s success or failure will be largely down to the players.
“I’d like to think I have a fair bit of experience in the game and if I can help in any way I will. It’s down to the players at the end of the day. And from what I saw this morning they are hungry enough and want to do well. That augurs well as far as I’m concerned.”