Wednesday 16 October 2019

Fenn: Double-winning players at end of road

Cork City head coach Neale Fenn. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Cork City head coach Neale Fenn. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

John Fallon

Neale Fenn insists the task of overhauling Cork City's squad will entail axing the club's 2017 double-winning heroes, writes John Fallon.

The recently-appointed City boss only has four players under contract for next season, which leaves the likes of Conor McCormack, Karl Sheppard, Garry Buckley and Mark McNulty nearing the exit door.

Fenn has already informed some of the out-of-contract majority of their impending departures, admitting it has contributed to the team's slump.

The former City player is without a win since returning to the club as manager in August. That six-match stretch leaves them requiring victory over UCD on Friday to guarantee avoiding a relegation play-off. It's in stark contrast to two years ago when the Rebels won the league and the FAI Cup.

"We've come to the end of the road for that double-winning team and it's time for fresh faces and ideas," said Fenn.

"There's going to be a lot of comings and goings. I've just tried to be honest with them.

"Maybe that's been detrimental to their performance levels but I felt it was only right for me to give them enough notice."

Fenn, who arrived at Cork from First Division Longford Town, won't baulk at recruiting from outside the top flight, and Cabinteely striker Rob Manley is a target.

"There are good players in the First Division," added Fenn. "Some could do it in the Premier Division."

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