Possibly the most important signing Cork City will make before the start of next season; manager John Caulfield has been handed a new two year contract with club.
This will be music to the ears of Cork City fans as the man who delivered the club’s first league title in 12 years has signed on for another two seasons.
John Caulfield has been responsible for arguably the most successful period in the club’s history since being appointed in 2014.
Speaking to Cork City’s official website, Caulfield reveals why he has chosen to stay for an additional two years
“I am delighted; we discussed it a while ago, but it was just a case of getting down to the formalities of signing the contract. We were in the run-in for the league and we decided to leave it until that was all out of the way.
“I am thankful to the Board and to FORAS for giving me another two years. Since myself and John Cotter came in, our aim was to bring the club back to a position where we are in Europe and challenging for trophies. The crowds have been fantastic, and the support has been massive all the way through. The management team have worked hard and the backing we have received from the fans has been incredible.”
“We want to keep driving on and pushing the club forward. There are no guarantees of anything, but we want to be challenging for trophies and in Europe every year. It is a great time in the club’s history and we are constantly striving to make the club even better.”
In the time since he has arrived, they have gone from a mid-table club, with financial struggles a recent memory; to a club challenging for and winning titles and cups alike.
The transformation of Cork City as a club since he has been in charge is quite remarkable.
Runners-up in the Premier Division for three years in a row and this year the ultimate goal has been accomplished; the club’s first title in 12 years and only the third in their history.
In addition to this, Caulfield’s side have been in the last three FAI Cup finals, and go into their third as reigning champions.
The possibility of a first ever double is still on the cards for Caulfield’s men as they face Dundalk in the FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.
The former Cork City striker is obviously keen to make history on Sunday but is also making preparations for next season’s title defence.
The work he has done behind the scenes, especially with the underage has brought the club to a new level. The guys he has brought in to both the youth and senior set-up inspires confidence for the future. Guys like Cormac Cotter, Billy Woods, Dan Murray, Colin Healy and Liam Kearney have vast amounts of experience and are great assets to the club.