Sunday 24 March 2019

'I had to listen to Cork's manager saying we've invested heavily. That's the Cork manager with 27 players in his squad'

Alan Reynolds and (inset) John Caulfield
Alan Reynolds and (inset) John Caulfield
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Waterford boss Alan Reynolds has suggested that the only reason he was brought onto Cork City's coaching staff in 2016 was his input in helping bring in key players including future star Sean Maguire.

Reynolds and Cork boss John Caulfield have had a tempestuous relationship since the City assistant first team coach left to take up his current role with the Blues.

The pair were involved in a spat during last year's fiery Munster derby where four red cards were handed out in addition to both managers being sent to the stands.

And Reynolds was unimpressed with comments made by Caulfield after Waterford's win at Turner's Cross earlier this season.

"I had to listen to Cork's manager saying we've invested heavily," he said. "That's the Cork manager with 27 players in his squad. I've got 18 players, including three on loan."

Reynolds stood over those comments on the latest LOI Weekly, and went further by opening up on his own theory on his year on Caulfield's coaching staff.

He suggested his main purpose was his role in bringing in Maguire, Kenny Browne and Greg Bolger - and he otherwise felt on the periphery.

"I was down there myself (in 2016) he said. Did I enjoy it? It went ok and we won the cup but I didn't have too much of an input if I'm being honest.

"I think my input was bringing Browne, Bolger and Maguire and I think it ended at that. I suddenly got down there and I realised I wasn't for John and no problem. We move on. It wasn't even a clash of personality. We just do things differently, even in the way we play. But I can't knock John because he gets results and trophies."

Reynolds admitted that he has been frustrated by the picture at Waterford over the winter with owner Lee Power scaling back his investment. His primary football interest is his ownership of Swindon Town.

"He's looked at it last year and said it's costing too much and I need to tighten up in certain areas," said Reynolds.

"I'm looking at Swindon in January signing nine players in the window - I've said this to Lee - and I'm going 'What about your other club in Ireland?' .

"Nothing prepares you for this type of thing. Sending players in late to you. (I was) Supposed to be getting players in from Swindon and it doesn't happen. It is what it is and you just have to roll with it."

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