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Paul Hegarty decides job at Derry City is not for him

By Eoin Wilson

Paul Hegarty has insisted that it just wasn't the right time for him to take the Derry City manager's job.

The Donegal man's decision to walk away from the club following Friday night's defeat at Longford Town shocked many, especially the club's chairman and board of directors, who were certain Hegarty would accept the role of full time manager for next season.

But Hegarty, who made the decision for personal reasons, said that while he may live to regret his choice, he had to make an honest analysis of the situation.

"I was always going to assess things," he said.

"I came in and there was a job to be done to get the club safe. I was always going to assess things from that, to see if it was right for me, and I don't think it's right for me.

"I would like to thank Philip O'Doherty for giving me the opportunity to do the job and I would like to thank the supporters and especially the players because I think they've been absolutely fantastic.

"You have got to make decisions and, let's be honest, I have no doubt that I will regret this in a few weeks' time," he admitted.

"There will be days when I will have regrets but I think I have made the decision for the right reasons."

The Derry City Board of Directors will meet this evening for the first time since Hegarty's decision, to begin the process of identifying a new manager, and chairman O'Doherty insists it will be an easier task thanks to Hegarty's contribution to the club in recent months.

"A couple of years ago Stephen Kenny resigned on Christmas Eve," he recalled.

"That was a situation which was a lot worse and that again came as a shock, but at least Paul had the decency, if he wasn't going to take it, to give us plenty of time.

"He decided he wasn't going to take it just at the end of the season so we have a lot more time to look around for a manager for next year.

"I want to thank Paul Hegarty for his contribution in keeping us up."

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