Friday 23 February 2018

Ireland pitch treatment angers Cork boss Caulfield

Cork City manager John Caulfield. Photo: Eóin Noonan / Sportsfile
Cork City manager John Caulfield. Photo: Eóin Noonan / Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Cork City manager John Caulfield is unimpressed that it took the visit of the Irish senior team to instigate improvements to the pitch at Turner's Cross.

Caulfield is currently preparing his side for tomorrow night's top-of-the-table clash with champions Dundalk at the venue, but he did attend Ireland's friendly with Belarus on Tuesday.

Cork are the tenants in Turner's Cross, which is owned by the Munster FA, and Caulfield has been a vocal critic of the pitch maintenance this season.

"Why did it take Ireland to come down for the pitch to be like that?" he said. "We pay our rent every year.

"It was pitch of the year for two years running and this year it was neglected, and then the Irish team come down and everything is done. I agree (work should have taken place) and rightly so, it should be like that.

"But there should be no reason for Turner's Cross not to be pitch of the year every year. It's renowned for being a top ground and fantastic pitch. This year it just wasn't."

Caulfield is part of the growing chorus of voices that have expressed unhappiness with the general standard of League of Ireland pitches.


"It's disappointing," he continued. "It's unacceptable that we accept lower standards. We can have all the licensing we want but if we don't get the basics right and we're not serious about having the basics right and penalties if they're not, we have to deal with that.

"And I include us in that because every day the club and the board are working hard to get the standards higher. It's unacceptable that at certain grounds there are different standards. There has to be a base standard for everyone.

"Everyone wants to move the ball, it's better entertainment.

"If you go to see Bruce Springsteen and he decides to get his brother to sing because he has a sore throat, no one wants to see that. If you want good football, you expect better pitches."

Irish Independent

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