Saturday 25 May 2019

Cork City boss John Caulfield slams 'cosy cartel' of managers after his side make Stephen Bradley pay for remarks

Ryan Delaney of Cork City celebrates after scoring against Shamrock Rovers at Turners Cross last year. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Ryan Delaney of Cork City celebrates after scoring against Shamrock Rovers at Turners Cross last year. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

CORK CITY boss John Caulfield believes that a 'cosy cartel' of managers are not giving his league leaders enough respect.

The Leesiders maintained their 15 point lead at the top of the Airtricity League table last night with a 4-1 win over Shamrock Rovers that was enjoyed by Caulfield and his players because of the identity of the opposition.

Hoops boss Stephen Bradley angered Cork in the build-up to the game by saying they were not at the same level as the Dundalk side that won a third title on the trot last year.

Bradley also felt that Rovers should have won the first meeting between the sides in March and that sentiment was shared by his players - some of whom also made that point before the Turner's Cross encounter.

That was noted in the Cork dressing room and Caulfield addressed the issue in the aftermath, claiming that Bradley is not the only boss to make negative comments about the league leaders.

"There is a cosy cartel between a couple of managers who like slagging me or the club off," said Caulfield. "We would be a lot better off if we promoted the league. Slagging me or the club off, that’s grand, it’s water off a duck’s back. The league needs to drive on and people need to speak out. The managers are powerful in this country. They can stand up and be counted.

“Every manager is under pressure. Time will dictate how managers do. It would be good if they focused on promoting the league."

Cork centre half Ryan Delaney - who is on loan from Burton - scored two on the night as City bounced back from an early concession and he was irked by Bradley's pre-match observations.

“It was putting us down a small bit but so we knew straight away we’re going to give our all, show him what we’re made of and see what he thinks after that."

City players Steven Beattie and Karl Sheppard also made their point on social media in the aftermath of the fixture with the former referring to Bradley's comment that Rovers had 'battered' Cork in the Tallaght encounter.

Meanwhile, Delaney said he is unsure of what the future holds for him after reports that Cork are in talks to make his deal permanent.

“There’s talk about a transfer in the next week or two. It’s still early enough days," said the 20-year-old ex-Wexford Youths defender.  "There are a lot of options, I have to think long term and short term. It’s up to the two managers to decide what is best for me and obviously my agent what he thinks as well."

Caulfield indicated that he has spoken to Burton boss Nigel Clough about Delaney's situation. It would be a boost for City to keep hold of him given that star attacker Sean Maguire is bound for Preston.

“Nigel Clough is a decent man. If they take him back, fine, ultimately he’s their player," he said.

“It’s out of my hands. In the next week or week and a half it should be resolved one way or the other. Agents control the market, it’s not between two clubs anymore. I’m slightly optimistic but at the same time nothing surprises me. You’ve to make provisions in case it doesn’t happen. In the next couple of weeks we’ll be doing lots of stuff in case Ryan doesn’t happen."

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