Declan Devine has stated that ‘the days of people coming to Derry City just to make money are over’.
The new Derry City manager was unveiled at a press conference at the Bishop’s Gate Hotel this evening and did not soft soap his feelings on the task ahead of him.
Devine was present with his new back room staff off Kevin Deery, Paddy McCourt and Martin McCann.
“I’m honoured and privileged to be the Derry City manager,” he said.
“This is our club, this is your club and the people beside me all have a real love affair for Derry City Football Club. We are coming in on the back of a disappointing season yes, but we are coming here to try and put a plan in place to get this football club back where it belongs in the top echelons of Irish football.”
Devine is hoping to restore the passion for the club amongst the local fans.
“We need an identity, we need passion, we need support, we need players who are going to respect and honour what it means to play for Derry City and fundamentally that’s what it comes down to; respect and honour and knowing what the jersey means. We have got to have people who are passionate about this football club. The days are gone when people are coming to this football club to just make money, it’s not going to happen. When you sign for this football club you are honoured and you should be privileged to play for this football club.”
Devine’s first job will be to build the playing staff and he admitted that the hard work starts now.
“There’s a lot of work to be done,” he admitted.
“We’re sitting at the minute with four or five players. We need to be competitive; we need the people to support and see these players as heroes again, the way they looked at Paddy McCourt, the way you looked at Kevin Deery, Martyn McCann, Owen Da Gama, we need that back and it will be our job to put these people into place. We have got to identify and bring the passion back to our side.”
Derry City finished eighth last season with 20 defeats from 36 league games and Devine promise that standards will be raised.
“Nobody will have an easy ride at Derry City under our stewardship. I’m delighted with the backroom team. Everyone connected with the club will know that there is quality right through the staff, there an honesty throughout the staff and we’re here to build a football club, not just a first team. Every young player has an opportunity to play at Derry City.
We need a structure, we need commitment, we need desire and we need to get this place rocking again.
“I’m overwhelmed but we haven’t got time to celebrate or pat ourselves on the back. We have got to get this place back to where it belongs and the people sitting at this table will do everything in their power to achieve that. But we need people behind us, we need you. We will try our best to provide what is required to give you an entertaining experience on a Friday night and go out the gate happy. I can take the flak, I have no problem with that, but we need you to back the young players, we need to back the football club and get a real desire for it again.”
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