Collins: I don't want to make enemies at Derry

The former Bohemians and Carlisle United manager has dismissed reports of disagreements in the dressing room and says that has has treated players with respect
Derry City manager Roddy Collins has moved to quell speculation regarding his relationship with players following the acrimonious departure of former club captain Kevin Deery.

Off-field events played out in the background ahead of Derry's SSE Airtricity Premier Division clash against Drogheda United last Friday, with Deery's departure from the club causing consternation among some supporters.

The 52-year-old accepted that such situations come with the territory of being a manager, but insisted that the team's performance in the 1-1 draw on Friday helped him to move on from the drama.

"The Drogheda match was a watershed after what threatened to be a difficult weekend for me personally," Collins was quoted as saying by the Derry Journal.

"However, I'm big enough to get over that, I'm not in the business of falling out with players and I certainly don't want to make enemies, but I suppose these situations all go with the job."

Collins also argued that it was his duty to make difficult and "unpopular" decisions in his role as manager of the Candystripes and said that he has treated his players with respect throughout his career.

"As a manager, I have to make certain calls and, on occasions, make unpopular decisions but it's important that I take on those responsibilities," he insisted.

"I've given 100 per cent respect to every player since I've arrived at Derry City and throughout my career I’ve never operated any other way," added Collins. "I'm a players' manager and I always have been."