Airtricity Premier Division strugglers Cork City have parted ways with manager John Caulfield as they sit just three points and one place above the relegation zone.
Caulfield was appointed manager at Turners Cross in 2013 and led Cork City to a historic league and cup double in 2017 after three seasons of finishing runners up.
Cork saw a host of players come and go during the offseason, including the likes of their top scorer Kieran Sadlier with Caulfield having a difficult time mixing the new players with the old this season.
They have managed just three wins from their 14 league games this campaign and their misery was compounded on Monday night as they drew with strugglers Finn Harps.
That took their winless run in the league to eight games with Caulfield admitting that it was a difficult time for the club
“It’s a difficult period…at the end of the day, I’m the manager of the club and I have to show leadership,” Caulfield stated.
“There’s nobody more sick for the supporters than myself. There’s nothing like the buzz of a win and then, as a supporter, when you lose it knocks you and you get your hopes up for the next game.
“There’s nobody that takes it to heart more than myself but I have to deal with it, it’s a difficult period. I know in the club where we’re at and what we have to do, it is difficult but I have to deal with that. That’s part of management.”
In an official statement, the club thanked him for his success and outlined that they would be appointing an interim manager for the foreseeable future.
Cork City FC wish to confirm that John Caulfield will step down from his position as first team manager with immediate effect. The club and John Caulfield came to a mutual agreement today at Bishopstown Stadium.
Speaking on this announcement, Cork City FC chairman Declan Carey said “Everyone at the club is hugely grateful for everything John Caulfield has done for the club, the city and Cork. He holds every record as a player and a manager. He leaves the club with all of our best wishes and we look forward to welcoming John to Turner’s Cross in the future.”
John Caulfield first took charge of Cork City in the 2014 season, steering the club to a 2nd place position in the league and back to European competition for the first time since 2009. He went on to two further 2nd place finishes, winning an FAI Cup in 2016 and then winning a league and FAI Cup double in 2017. The club has also held the Munster Senior Cup since 2016 and won three successive President’s Cups in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Speaking today, John said “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. I wish everyone the best for the rest of the 2019 season and look forward to attending games as a supporter in the stands.”
The club will appoint an interim manager for the foreseeable future, and then begin a thorough recruitment process for a new first team manager. A further statement will follow in the coming days.