Friday 23 August 2019

Waterford boss Reynolds on Cork's radar as Caulfield exits

Alan Reynolds. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Alan Reynolds. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Cork City could try to lure former player Alan Reynolds back to Turner's Cross following John Caulfield's exit from his manager's post.

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.

A reduction in the playing budget for this season made Caulfield's task harder, with reports in pre-season of tension between Caulfield and a new-look board.

Back-to-back defeats at the start of the season were a sign of how tough the season would be, and though Cork regrouped, a 1-0 loss away to old foes Dundalk in March was the start of a dismal run which saw the side go eight games without a win, and Monday's 1-1 draw at home to bottom side Finn Harps would be the final act for the 54-year-old as he left his post yesterday.

"I feel the time is right to part ways with the club. I would like to thank the players and backroom team for the huge success brought to the club since 2014," said Caulfield.

John Cotter, Caulfield's assistant, is likely to take charge of the side on an interim basis, starting with tomorrow's trip to Bohemians.

Former Cork player Neale Fenn has been linked with the City post on the back of his success with Longford Town but as Fenn does not hold the Pro-Licence coaching qualification he's not in the frame for now, Colin Healy excluded for the same reason.

But Reynolds, who graduated with his Pro-Licence last year, is also said to be in the mix. He led Waterford to fourth last season but they have been denied a Europa League place due to UEFA rules, a source of frustration for Reynolds, who played for Cork in 2002/'03.

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