New Derry City boss, Peter Hutton claims he will have no problem making big decisions as he attempts to turn around the fortunes of his hometown club.
The former ‘Candy Stripes’ captain and the Brandywell club’s longest serving player officially took the reigns after a Board meeting last night (Tuesday).Hutton (41), who made 633 appearances for Derry and captained the club a total of 399 times over a 13 year period, took over from Roddy Collins who left the club ‘by mutual consent’ last Sunday night after a brief seven month reign.As Hutton prepares for his first match in charge against Cork City at Turners Cross this weekend, he revealed his first intention is to get the players to start enjoying their football again.“I’ve certainly been in dressing rooms that have been happier,and it’s been evident on the pitch that there are players that haven’t been playing to their full capacity.
“I think it’s important to get back to the players enjoying themselves, to playing with a smile on their face and to give them freedom to go and express themselves.
“Anybody that knows me will know that making decisions will not be a problem for me,” he added. “I’ve been away from Derry a few years.
“I’ve been at Cliftonville and Finn Harps so there has been a bit of a distance so I’ve no problem with making decisions regarding players I’ve previously played with.
“It’s not like I am walking straight from the dressing room to the dugout”.
While Hutton will have little or no money to play with regarding player transfers, he hinted that there could well be changes in personnel in the coming weeks.
“The budget is gone now so if we are going to bring in any more personnel then some will probably have to leave.
“That’s just a case of me addressing the group and assessing if people want to play for Derry City and be 100 per cent committed to the club.
“There will be changes that I will instil and if they don’t want to be a part of it they can move on.”
It’s been a natural progression for Hutton at the club he first began his association with 24 years ago as a 17 year-old and he’s delighted to take charge.
“I’ve captained the team and had the caretaker role for a couple of occasion in previous years as well. For me it was an ambition to manager the club solely at some stage and I’m delighted to get the opportunity now.
“I’m confident in my own ability but we need the fans’ support to show this young team everyone is behind them