Thursday 26 April 2018

'In England there are a lot of cliques' - Johnny Dunleavy on how Cork dressing room differs from English experience

Johnny Dunleavy
Johnny Dunleavy

Conor Neville

Cork City captain Johnny Dunleavy says the dressing room dynamic at Cork City is very different to the dressing rooms he inhabitated on the other side the Irish Sea.

The Ballybofey centre back, who was the guest on the latest edition of LOI Weekly, has been at Turners Cross since 2012 and was an ever-present in the side as they built up an unassailable lead at the top of the Premier Division in the first half of this season.

However, he's been out of action since suffering a season ending injury against Limerick in late June.

The 26-year old Dunleavy first jetted off to England in his mid-teens, joining Martin Jol's Spurs at 15. He subsequently spent a few season at Wolves during the Mick McCarthy era.

Speaking to Johnny Ward and Dan McDonnell on LOI Weekly, Dunleavy hinted at the wonderful team spirit that has aided Cork City in their rise to the status of champions elect long before the season's end (Monday's result notwithstanding). 

Dunleavy described the dressing room vibe at Cork City as being "chalk and cheese" compared to the atmosphere in the English club dressing rooms. 

"The difference in the dressing rooms I was in in England and Cork is chalk and cheese.

"In England, there tends to be a lot of cliques, you've three or four lads in one corner, three or four in another, and different boys that know each other from another club and they hang around with one another.

"Genuinely in our dressing room, you'd sit down and have a chat with anyone. It's the best of craic.

"You come in every morning and anything could happen like!"

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