Hegarty back at Brandywell

NEW Derry City assistant manager Paul Hegarty says that he has a lot to offer new boss Declan Devine.

NEW Derry City assistant manager Paul Hegarty says that he has a lot to offer new boss Declan Devine.

The 44-year-old Ballindrait native joined Devine in a press conference at the Derry City Social Club on Friday evening. Hegarty, who has managed local sides Institute and Finn Harps was assistant manager at Derry under Stephen Kenny in 2006, says that he is delighted to be back.

“I spent the vast majority of my playing days here with Derry City Football Club and I would like to think that I still have a lot to offer.

“I learned a lot when I was under Stephen Kenny at Derry City but I think that I have a lot of my own knowledge to instil too. I learned a lot as manager of Institute and Finn Harps.

“Declan is going to need help, it’s his first job in management and I’ll be only too happy to help him out whatever way I can.

“But as Declan says too, he’s his own man and he has learned an awful lot from Stephen Kenny.

“Hopefully things work out well and hopefully it will be a very good season for us.”

Hegarty made over 200 appearances for Derry City during his playing career which spanned from 1987 right up to 2004.

He is considered to be one of the best midfielders to have ever played for the club and like Devine he also signed a two-year contract.

“I have played alongside Declan and we worked together for two years under Stephen Kenny. Myself and Declan go back a long way and we have a lot of history together.”

The Donegal man arrived later than expected at the press conference but refused to take the blame for the bad time-keeping

“I wouldn’t accept that it was my fault because I have never been late for anything in my life. If anyone’s to blame it’s Derry City Director Sean Barrett - he was the late one, not me,” he joked.

“It’s always nice to be back and the Derry City fans have always given me a good reception where ever I have gone and I wouldn’t expect anything less from them to be honest.

“It’s great to be back to be honest with you I just can’t wait to get going.”

Hegarty joined Devine by saying that top of their agenda is to replace the players who have left the club and he hinted that there could be a few new faces at Brandywell sooner rather than later.

“First and foremost we have to replace the players who have left the club. It’ll be a big ask but myself and Declan will get to work on it in the next few days and we’ll see what happens.”