Peter Hutton is named Finn Harps manager

Peter Hutton
Peter Hutton is the new manager of First Division club Finn Harps

Cliftonville defender Peter Hutton has been named the new manager of League of Ireland First Division club Finn Harps.

It is a first permanent managerial role for 38-year-old Hutton who spent most of his career playing for Harps' derby rivals Derry City.

Felix Healy, a former manager and player with Derry, will be director of football at Finn Park.

They take over from James Gallagher and assistant Tony Gorman who were sacked after a poor start to the season.

Harps are currently one from bottom in the First Division with three points, having failed to win any of their eight games.

Healy was manager of Finn Harps when they won the 2004 First Division title.

Hutton acted as caretaker player-manager at Derry on a couple of occasions.

"I want to stay in football as long as I can. I have taken my coaching badges and now this opportunity has come along," said Hutton.

"I feel the squad at Finn Harps is in a false position. The players there have not done themselves justice.

"The onus is on us to get them back up the table as soon as possible."