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FAI renew call for Coughlan to leave City French named Mervue's boss

THE FAI have again called on Tom Coughlan to walk away from Cork City after the Munster club's owner yesterday failed in a High Court action against the FAI.

Coughlan had sought a judicial review to look into his 12-month ban from football, which the FAI handed to him earlier this month, for bringing the game into disrepute, but that was rejected in court in Dublin yesterday.

"This High Court victory vindicates the independent disciplinary committee's actions. Their finding (is) that Mr Tom Coughlan brought the game into disrepute and their sanction now stands," said League of Ireland director Fran Gavin.

"By ignoring the internal appeals process open to him and engaging in a costly and entirely unnecessary Judicial Review application to the High Court, Mr Coughlan has squandered money that should have gone into League of Ireland football. We again call on Mr Coughlan to stand down from the untenable position he holds at Cork City in the interests of the game, club and, most importantly, its fans."

Coughlan faces another court appearance next Monday as the Revenue Commissioners have sought a winding up order against City over unpaid taxes.

In the background to all this is a proposed takeover of the club led by a local consortium, Quintas Group.

Cork need to pay their estimated debts of €300,000, or at least come to an agreement with their creditors, before close of business tomorrow if they are to have any chance of being awarded a licence for this season's league campaign.

On the field, City boss Roddy Collins is preparing for the new season and used a batch of triallists in a 1-0 win over non-league side Carrigaline United on Tuesday night, including Italian hopeful Samuele Emiliano.

French named Mervue's boss

DIVISION One side Mervue United have appointed Tom French as their new manager just 24 hours after Johnny Glynn quit, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

Former Cork City star Glynn was in charge of Mervue for their debut season in the League of Ireland last year but he opted to quit the club earlier this week.

"I am really looking forward to the challenge, even though it has come as a bit of a surprise," said French. "I am looking forward to getting started and taking over from the good platform that Johnny has left for me to work on.

"I'll also be looking to improve the squad and build on last season's finish in the First Division."