Derry City have had an extremely poor season and it seems that the board has seen enough with manager, Roddy Collins parting ways with the club officially "by mutual consent". Is there any chance that the man who was second in charge to Collins, Peter Hutton bringing the club back from their poor start?
Collins took over before the start of this season and made a humongous amount of changes, no more so than the amount of signings he made. As a neurtal myself, I was intrigued to see what he could do at Derry City.
But here we are months later - 12 games into the season, we see a very poor Derry team lying in seventh with only two wins this season and a rather mighty 12 points behind the league leaders, St. Patrick's Athletic and only two points above the relegation play-off place.
The Dubliner has lost the faith and backing of most fans with the attendances at the Brandywell dwindling gradually. With many fans calling for his sacking with banners at games.
It is evident that the poor results have cost the Dublin man his job with the club's Chairman, Phillip O'Doherty saying to BBC Radio Foyle that the club needs, "to qualify for Europe and, at the moment, we are a long way from that."
He goes on to say that the, "results have just not been good enough," as reported on BBC Sport's Website.
It did seem that something wasn't right when Hutton wasn't in the dug out for last week's 1-0 lost at home to Shamrock Rovers. Collins had claimed that he had sent Hutton to Dublin for a scouting mission but this week, Hutton has said that himself and Collins had a difference of opinion, as reported in the Derry News.
Hutton, who holds Derry's record for must appearances, has been given the rest of the season to show his worth. But this is not Hutton's first time managing at Derry with the Derry born man having twice previously taking charge on a care-taker base. It will be very interesting to see how or if he can do it.
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