Peter Hutton is handed the reins by Derry City
Derry City have turned to the club's legendary former captain Peter Hutton in an attempt to revive their season.
Hutton has been appointed as manager until the end of the current season after Roddy Collins left the Brandywell at the weekend, having been in charge for less than six months.
Collins brought Hutton back to Derry as his number two when he took the job, but speculation of a fall out between the pair increased when instead of being at the Candystripes' match against Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell last Friday night, Hutton was in Dublin watching St Patrick's Athletic playing Cork City.
That may have turned out to be a good place for Hutton to be though, as Derry travel to Cork for his first match in charge this Friday night.
A club statement read: "Following a meeting of the Derry City FC Board of Directors this evening, we are delighted to announce that Peter Hutton was offered, and has accepted, the position of first team manager until the end of the season.
"Peter stepped up from assistant manager to caretaker manager this week following the departure of Roddy Collins and he will be no stranger to anyone involved with the club or indeed the League Of Ireland, holding the record for most appearances for Derry City, having turned out over 600 times for the Candystripes.
"The board would like to urge all fans to get behind Peter and his assistant Marty McCann in the coming weeks and months and hopefully we will be celebrating success at the end of the season again."
Derry have won just twice in 12 league games this season and are already 12 points behind league leaders St Pat's, scoring just eight goals.