FORMER Cork City star and current Hall of Fame member George O’Callaghan feels that the club and the FORAS members have a big decision to make regarding the future of League Of Ireland football on Leeside.
Last Sunday FORAS members, the supporters trust which runs the club, were informed at a special meeting that the existence of the club was under threat until a deal was struck with Preston North End to forfeit the sell on clauses in regards to Alan Browne and Sean Maguire, which helped City secure their Premier Division licence.
It then became known that Trevor Hemmings, the Preston owner, had an interest in buying the club.
Hemmings presently owns Trabolgan Holiday Village in East Cork and also has a stud farm in Kanturk.
Speaking to The Echo, O’Callaghan feels a takeover of the club is the only viable and realistic long term option for the club, especially in regards to challenging for honours in the League Of Ireland again.
“I do think this will be the only way that the club will get the success that it wants," O'Callaghan said.
“I do feel if the club want to compete or be in the top two and be challenging with like the likes of Dundalk or Shamrock Rovers, then they are going to have to get the investment.
“Do they want mediocre football and just survive as a club?
"Or do they want investment and be in the top two and look for Champions League football again and win League Of Ireland titles?
"That is the decision and that is what the FORAS members are going to have to decide upon.
“This sort of investment is something the club should have looked at a couple of years ago, when they were winning the double and competing in the Champions League.”
On the field of play City are in action on Friday night, in what already looks a crucial clash for the Rebel Army against Finn Harps at Turner's Cross.