Peter Hutton insists he is the right man to turn things round
Peter Hutton admits his position is under threat as Derry City face Limerick at the Brandywell desperate for their first league win in 11 attempts.
The Candystripes' defeat at Bray Wanderers last week saw Hutton's team fall into the relegation play-off spot behind Sligo Rovers, although the roles could be reversed should Derry win this evening and Sligo fail to beat Bohemians at Dalymount Park.
The pressure to win is huge this evening, but Hutton insisted he is the man to turn it around.
"Mistakes have been made on and off the pitch and that's part and parcel of learning your trade as a manager, but I think ultimately I'm the man to turn it around," he explained.
"I've been there before as a player and I know what it takes to dig out results.
"I think if we are able to get one or two positive results, I think the confidence will come back to the players.
"We are a young team who thrives on confidence.
"When they play well they are great to watch, but when they're lacking confidence, they don't want to make mistakes and that leads them into more negative play.
"Rather than playing with a smile on their face they are currently going out inhibited, with a fear of making a mistake."
That lack of confidence was evident at Bray last week with Derry spurning the best of the chances before Adam Hanlon struck the winning goal with just 15 minutes to go.
Derry's response to that goal was negligible, and Hutton admitted it was a game they could have won long before Hanlon's goal.
"It was a big game for us and we didn't get the desired result," he continued.
"We had a game plan and in the first half there were a lot of positives and it worked to the tee, but in the second half the players didn't carry on what was asked of them.
"But in training since, it has been very right; the intensity, the honesty and the work rate has been very good."
Derry simply must beat Limerick this evening. Martin Russell's team are rooted to the foot of the table without a win in 19 attempts.
Anything other than a decisive victory could spell trouble for Derry and Hutton.
"If there was ever a time that the players needed the supporters, then it's now," he said. "They are a young team, very impressionable and we don't have that many leaders who can drive them on.
"We need people behind them rather than everyone being fractured and having a go.
"It's important we stick together as a club and rally around.
"You need support now more than ever.
"When things aren't going well, that's when true supporters come to the fore."
Eleswhere in the league tonight, Bohemians host Sligo Rovers, Drogheda United entertain St. Patrick's Athletic and Cork City travel to Longford Town.