John Cotter takes over as interim manager of Cork City following John Caulfield's exit
John Cotter has been confirmed as Cork City's new interim manager following the departure of John Caulfield.
Caulfield (54) had been in charge of City since 2013 and was the most successful manager in the club's history, with one league and two FAI Cup titles, as only the strength of Stephen Kenny's Dundalk side denied him more trophies while they qualified for Europe for five successive seasons.
Cotter will take charge with immediate effect and is currently preparing the team for this Friday’s game away to Bohemians at Dalymount Park.
Cotter, who has been on the coaching staff of the club since 2014, joined the club’s reserve team as a player under Cormac Cotter for the 1996-97 season, before stepping up to the first team in the 1997-98 season. Cotter had a successful playing career with Cork City and then Avondale United, which saw him win the FAI Cup and League Cup with City before moving into management, where he enjoyed great success with Avondale at both local and national level.
“I’m delighted and honoured to take up this new interim role. I’m looking forward to getting the head down now and trying to get the club back up the table as quickly as possible. We have an excellent team of backroom staff that can achieve that," Cotter said.
Former players Alan Bennett and Colin Healy have joined Cotter's management team.
Cork City chairman Declan Carey said: “John Cotter is a very experienced coach and manager, with a long association with our club. He is highly respected both within the club and in the wider footballing community. He will take up the position on an interim basis, and the board will soon begin planning for our longer-term options for first team manager.”
“Both Alan and Colin are steeped in Cork City FC and have had highly successful playing careers, both here and further afield. Their experience, knowledge and passion for the club will be great additions to our First Team coaching staff, and I know they will both be a huge help to John Cotter over the coming weeks.”