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Wednesday 19 September 2018

Collins: I will lead Derry to title glory

Roddy Collins announced as the new Derry City FC manager. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Roddy Collins announced as the new Derry City FC manager. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

RODDY COLLINS has set himself a target of winning the league title with Derry City next season after the Dubliner was unveiled as the new boss at the Brandywell.

Collins, who left Athlone Town at the end of last season despite leading them to promotion, has already started planning his squad for 2014 alongside his assistant Peter Hutton, and he's determined to bring the Premier Division title back to the club.

"It's brilliant. I'm absolutely over the moon," said Collins.

"Derry are a top team in the league. They haven't won the title since 1997 and that's shocking for such a big club.

Challenge

"I'm not going up there to mess around. I'm not interested in just having a job. I want a challenge, and that's a challenge right there – to win the league and that's what I'm setting out to do.

"When you win it or how you win it is another day's work and I won't know about that until I get up to the club, but I know there's a fantastic base of players and a great structure there."

Derry have already lost one key member of the 2013 squad as defender Simon Madden has left to join Shamrock Rovers.

 

INJURY BLOW FOR VALDES

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is likely to be out of action until the end of the year after suffering a calf strain during Spain's surprise loss to South Africa on Tuesday.

It is another blow for Barcelona, who have a number of injury problems, and for Valdes who plans to leave the club when his contract runs out at the end of the season.

"Injuries never come at a good time and it is unusual for a 'keeper to get a leg injury but this is the situation and we will have to deal with it," Barcelona sports director Andoni Zubizarreta said.

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