City’s new boss spoke to the media at tonight’s press conference and we have a selection of some of his quotes.
Devine was unveiled as City boss just over 5 years after his last spell at the club. However he has been a keen observer from the sidelines, both as a regular spectator at games and also in terms of his media work for eir Sport and RTE.
“This is our club, this is your club and the people beside me all have a real love affair for Derry City Football Club”
“We can provide an unbelievable professional football club which is a platform onto bigger and better things.”
“We need an identity, we need passion, we need support, we need players who are going to respect and honour what it means to play for Derry City and fundamentally that’s what it comes down to; respect and honour and knowing what the jersey means”
In terms of recruitment, Devine admitted that there is both the short term and long term aim and also tempered the expectations around Derry players plying their trade elsewhere
“We have got to have people who are passionate about this football club. The days are gone when people are coming to this football club to just make money, it’s not going to happen. When you sign for this football club you are honoured and you should be privileged to play for this football club.”
‘The bottom line is if players want to play for Derry City and they match the criteria, we set down as staff, then we will have conversations. If people want to move for money, or any other reason, then that’s fair enough. We can’t control that. We want players that are within our budget and willing to work towards the success of this football club. If you don’t, then all the best.”
‘“Our recruitment is going to be key. Yes, it’s going to be very difficult to attract people to come again and people are tied up already but the one thing we will be doing is homework on every single player. They need to be the right fit for Derry City.”
“The club has to mean something to them. The environment has to be right for them. Their professionalism, their discipline, their lifestyle has got to be huge in this. It’s a wonderful place to live, it’s a wonderful place to play but they have got to be right.”
‘“There are not too many locally based players at the club and while that’s not going to change overnight, we’ll certainly try to put structures in place so we have an identity as a club, footballers and staff.”
Devine asked for supporters to get behind the team as they rebuild the side for the 2019 season, but also for the challenges ahead.
“We’re sitting at the minute with four or five players. We need to be competitive.”
“We will try our best to provide what is required to give you an entertaining experience on a Friday night and go out the gate happy. I can take the flak, I have no problem with that, but we need you to back the young players, we need to back the football club and get a real desire for it again.”