Paul Hegarty takes over as caretaker as Derry City sack Peter Hutton

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BALLINDRAIT MAN PAUL HEGARTY will be in caretaker charge of struggling Derry City until the end of the season.

The Brandywell club parted company with Peter Hutton tonight and Hegarty (pictured above with Declan Devine) will be at the helm for the remainder of the relegation battle.

With six games to go, Derry are just three points above bottom club Limerick. Currently, Derry are third-from-bottom and have just one point to spare on the team beneath them, Sligo Rovers.

City have won just six League games this season and last night’s 2-0 defeat to Cork City in the FAI Cup replay at Turner’s Cross was Hutton’s final act as manager.

“The Derry City FC Board Of Directors would like to announce that Peter Hutton has left the club by mutual consent,” a statement from Derry City read.

“Derry City FC would like to thank Peter for his service, and we wish him well for the future.

“Paul Hegarty will take over as caretaker manager until the end of the season.”

Hegarty was brought in to aid Hutton following Marty McCann’s departure in July.

Hegarty had been in his third spell at number 2 at Derry having previously assisted Stephen Kenny and Declan Devine.

Hegarty won a Premier Division title with Derry in 1997 and has had stints as manager of Institute and Finn Harps. In 2007, he led Harps to promotion to the Premier Division.

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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