Sunday 20 May 2018

'I am disappointed it has resulted in a falling out between the two managers'

Stephen Kenny and John Caulfield

Harry Clarke

Former Ireland international has expressed his disappointment at the recent dispute between League of Ireland heavyweight managers Stephen Kenny and John Caulfield.

Dundalk boss Kenny made a statement on the club's website hitting out at the fact it is over 12 months since the Lilywhites were awarded a penalty and claimed league leaders Cork were "manufacturing penalties".

This provoked Caulfield to respond at what he described as an "astonishing attack" before Kenny again weighed in by suggesting Caulfield's comments were "a personal attack and quite low".

Speaking on the LOI Weekly podcast this week, former Ireland International Cunningham said: "There are times when you don't get a fair crack of the whip but I have never felt that a team was being targeted by one official or anything like that.

"But I take Stephen's point and I think if he feels that strongly about it he is entitled to come out and air it. I am just disappointed that it has somehow manifested into a bit of a personal fall-out between the two managers.

"I wouldn't even say that (that it is childish), that's belittling the managers. I think Stephen kind of has a fair point. He is entitled to come out and mention it but I think once she references Cork well then of course John (Caulfield) is entitled to step up and make a statement on behalf of himself and his football club.

"It's a shame because I am a big fan of both men, Stephen in particular. We can't throw enough plaudits at Stephen in terms of how he has managed that team over the past couple of years.

"I give John great credit for picking that Cork team up and keep going year after year, trying to rebuild and improve on all aspects."

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