Saturday 19 October 2019

Ex-Cork chairman hits out at 'player power'

"Cork City are way behind where they used to be," said Lennox. (stock picture)
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Former Cork City chairman Brian Lennox says that 'player power' was the reason behind the departure of John Caulfield.

Lennox spoke out in the aftermath of Cork City's 2-0 defeat to old rivals Dundalk on Friday night. It was a first defeat for interim manager John Cotter - who took over after Caulfield's five-and-a-half-year stay drew to a close. Lennox told Cork's 96FM that he was concerned about Caulfield's departure.

"Cork City are way behind where they used to be," said Lennox. "I think the players have been overpaid in the last few years. This is beginning to show in my opinion.

"I don't like the fact that we lost a manager because of player power and I believe that it was player power. I don't like that in football.

"If I was the chairman I would have actually gathered all the players together, had a good talking to them and told them to cop themselves on and that there was only one boss."

Lennox is concerned by uncertainty around Cork's current training base in Bishopstown and is worried by the delay to the Glanmire project that is tied up with the state suspension of funding to football.

He fears that Cork are facing into a challenging couple of seasons. They face UCD at Belfield tonight.

Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers are in action again with the Louth men at home to Bohs and Rovers travelling to face a resurgent Finn Harps.

Dundalk defender Brian Gartland feels there is more to come from their side even though they prevailed in Cork.

"We can improve and be more clinical," he said. "I just think there's so much more to come from the group.

"Our standards are always above what's in this league and that's because we want to do great things like we have in the past."

Bohs playmaker Danny Mandroiu, meanwhile, has extended his contract until the end of next season.

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