Rebels reward Caulfield with new two-year contract
John Caulfield has been handed a two-year contract extension as Cork City manager ahead of Sunday's Ford FAI Cup semi-final against Bray Wanderers.
The former City striker is on course to register back-to-back second-place League of Ireland finishes and his pursuit of champions-elect Dundalk will be aided by a bulky budget to recruit some established performers in the off-season on long-term contracts.
Despite a mixed season on Leeside, during which City's Europa League journey ended at the first hurdle with a disappointing defeat to KR Reykjavic, the board of FORAS and Cork City have opted to stick with Caulfield until 2017.
"As a supporter-owned club, making progress whilst also safeguarding the long-term future and stability of the club is something we value very highly, and that is a view shared by John as manager," said club chairman Pat Lyons.
"These are exciting times for Cork City Football Club, both on and off the pitch, and I believe that, in John, we have a manager who will continue to build what he has already achieved."
News of Caulfield's deal was first revealed at a general meeting of FORAS last night.
"I am absolutely delighted," said the 50-year-old. "I came in two years ago to get the club back up near the top, so I am delighted that the board has backed me."
"People know my passion for this club, firstly as a player, then as a supporter and now as manager.
"We want to drive on and see can we win trophies. Next season, I need to make the team better, I need a stronger squad.