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I'll do whatever it takes to get three points, admits Roddy Collins

Eoin Wilson

Roddy Collins admitted that he lost countless hours of sleep in anticipation of being named the new Derry City manager.

The former Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers and Carlisle manager was yesterday officially unveiled as the new man in charge at the Brandywell, alongside former Candy Stripe captain Peter Hutton, who has come on board as his number two.

Collins fought off competition from Scot Gus MacPherson before landing the job and he admitted yesterday that he was tremendously excited to be given a chance at a team he describes as 'a sleeping giant'.

"You always want to manage the top clubs in your country and when it doesn't happen you're on a bit of a downer but for this to come to fruition, I can't really put into words how I feel. The excitement I feel, the enthusiasm and the pride I have in getting the chance to manage Derry City is priceless," he explained.

Very few football fans know nothing about Derry City's new manager, hailed as one of the true characters of Irish football, and the new Brandywell boss admitted that fans will either love him or hate him.

"I'm mad for winning, so whatever it takes to win, I'll do it," he promised. "If it's being honest, or being ruthless, I'll do it, because it's about winning. I have no interest in anything else but winning.

"Not everyone will like Roddy Collins. I might be straight to a fault but at least when you go to bed at night, you'll say Roddy Collins is a b******, or he is a good bloke. There's no in between.

"Football is a sport, but people are people and if someone receives you into their empire and makes you feel at ease, it makes me feel good and it makes me feel good. I will give you 100 percent commitment, honesty and hard work, whatever it takes. You mightn't like it at times."

Collins admitted his delight at being paired with Derry legend Hutton for the role, but he revealed that the duo very nearly joined up to manage Sligo Rovers before Ian Baraclough signed a new one year deal with the club recently.

"To have Peter beside me is ironic and coincidental," he said. "It's funny because when Peter was resigning from Finn Harps, another club was coming in for me and I asked Peter if he would come on board with me. He was probably shocked but I've always admired Peter. It is a good fit.

"I don't know Peter personally really well but I don't have to. I respect him, as a player, as a professional and I'm looking forward to working with him.

"He's a local man and he's respected. People are thrown together, but it was my choice to get Peter. I want to be the manager that wins Derry City the Premier League and I want Peter there with me."

Hutton is a very familiar face at the Brandywell having played over 500 times for the club and having already managed the club in a caretaker capacity on three occasions.

The former captain expressed his desire to succeed.

"I'm delighted to come back to the club. I've experienced great times with the club in the past and hopefully, working alongside Roddy now, we can have many great times in the future again. There's a buzz about the place with the appointment of Roddy and we want to get the club back challenging for major honours again."

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