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Friday 19 January 2018

Caulfield in promise to take Cork City to higher level

Denis Hurley

New Cork City manager John Caulfield is ready for the high expectations that come with the Rebel Army job and believes that he is capable of lifting the club to a position where they can contend for honours.

Club legend Caulfield was unveiled as the new manager yesterday and insisted that there was plenty of potential to improve.

"We've finished sixth for the past two seasons and we haven't challenged for any of the major trophies," he said.

"Before that, the whole thing was a shambles. Foras (the club's supporters' trust) took over and we had a famous night when we won the Division 1 title in Tolka Park, but since then we have flattered to deceive a little bit.

"The first year back up was consolidation, but this year was a disappointment. I work around the city and county and I see people who are passionate about Cork City, but don't go anymore.

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"I genuinely feel that this club is waiting to erupt again and I hope I'm the man to do it."

The manager's job at City was one that Caulfield, who gained experience with Avondale United and UCC in the Munster Senior League, always wanted to attempt.

"It was now or never, I felt," he said. "I had done 10 years in amateur football so it was time to take an opportunity like this."

"It is a risk, of course. Am I going to get abuse? I am, but I'm positive, I believe that I can take the club to a higher level, that we can win trophies and that's what I want."

And, while he does not have a UEFA Pro Licence at the moment, it is but a small impediment.

"I completed my 'A' licence six years ago," he said, "and there was no Pro Licence when I did that.

"The club are aware of the situation, the application forms have come through for the Pro Licence and I've enrolled with the FAI for February 3."

Irish Independent

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