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Thursday 17 August 2017

Rebels reward Caulfield with new two-year contract

The Cork City board look set to stick with manager John Caulfield until 2017
The Cork City board look set to stick with manager John Caulfield until 2017

John Fallon

John Caulfield has been handed a two-year contract extension as Cork City manager ahead of Sunday's Ford FAI Cup semi-final against Bray Wanderers.

The former City striker is on course to register back-to-back second-place League of Ireland finishes and his pursuit of champions-elect Dundalk will be aided by a bulky budget to recruit some established performers in the off-season on long-term contracts.

Despite a mixed season on Leeside, during which City's Europa League journey ended at the first hurdle with a disappointing defeat to KR Reykjavic, the board of FORAS and Cork City have opted to stick with Caulfield until 2017.

"As a supporter-owned club, making progress whilst also safeguarding the long-term future and stability of the club is something we value very highly, and that is a view shared by John as manager," said club chairman Pat Lyons.

Exciting

"These are exciting times for Cork City Football Club, both on and off the pitch, and I believe that, in John, we have a manager who will continue to build what he has already achieved."

News of Caulfield's deal was first revealed at a general meeting of FORAS last night.

"I am absolutely delighted," said the 50-year-old. "I came in two years ago to get the club back up near the top, so I am delighted that the board has backed me."

"People know my passion for this club, firstly as a player, then as a supporter and now as manager.

"We want to drive on and see can we win trophies. Next season, I need to make the team better, I need a stronger squad.

Irish Independent

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