Roddy Collins has said the vacancy at Waterford United was the perfect enticement to return to management in the SSE Airtricity League.
Collins was unveiled as the new manager at the RSC this afternoon as he takes over the side bottom of the First Division.
Collins is formerly manager of Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers, Floriana, Cork City, Monaghan United, Carlisle United and Derry City.
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Collins told RTÉ Sport: “That's why I am looking forward to it, because it is such a tough job. I love a challenge so that's why I am here. Everything is in place, a brilliant little stadium, great training facilities. That's the base you need in any club to build a club.
“I had actually physically retired from Irish football. But if I was going to be enticed back, this would be the one for me.”
With just one win in 10 games, the task looks to be a difficult one for Collins, with 18 points separating them from leaders Finn Harps.
He said it is the type of situation that he is drawn to.
“Athlone were in the doldrums, Monaghan were in the doldrums, Bohs' were in the doldrums, Carlisle United were in the doldrums when I took over.They had no money, no owner or no players. Floriana in Malta were in doldrums so I seem to be a man that gets attracted to doldrums.
“But no, it's great, better, it is bottom of the First Division. What more of a challenge do you want? If you want to be going to a club with a massive budget and buying all the the best players and winning leagues, what's the enjoyment in that? That's false. That's not real management.”
Asked about what will constitute a successful first season, he concluded: “It's hard to say. I'd make that assessment after about five games and give the players a fair crack at it.
“I would look at the opposing teams and then have a fair idea what you can do and what you can't do. That's when I'll give my opinion on that one.”