Foras to meet on Cork City future ownership after Preston link

Foras to meet on Cork City future ownership after Preston link
Cork City Head Coach Neale Fenn, left, alongside Cork City Chairman Declan Carey during a press conference at the Cork International Hotel in Cork. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Members of Foras, the supporters’ trust which runs Cork City, are set to be convened for two extraordinary general meetings (EGMs) to discuss the club’s future direction.

Last week, it emerged that there was a serious possibility of City coming under the same ownership as Preston North End, in the wake of discussions between the clubs regarding the sell-on clauses City held on Seán Maguire and Alan Browne.

The sale of those clauses was necessary in order for City to attain a Premier Division licence for the current season and it emerged in those talks that Trevor Hemmings, Preston’s billionaire owner, had an interest in taking a controlling stake in City.

As a fan-owned operation, a majority of members of Foras would need to vote in favour of any sale and, to this end, it is expected that an initial EGM would be held to inform members of developments and their options. A second EGM would then see a vote take place, and the annual general meeting, currently scheduled for Thursday, March 6, would be cancelled.

City manager Neale Fenn doesn’t believe that the rumours around the club’s future are a distraction.

“I don’t really know anything about it,” he said, “it’s all above me.

“Whatever discussions are going on with Preston, I’m certainly not in any of the meetings. We’re just getting on with what we do here and preparing to try to get a result on Friday.”

Having lost to Shelbourne in their opening league game at Turner’s Cross last Friday, City travel to Tallaght Stadium on Friday night to take on Shamrock Rovers and Fenn wants to see attacking improvement.

“We were a bit disappointed that we didn’t play as well as we know we can,” he said.

“From watching it back, it was very much a first-game-of-the-season type of match, nobody wanted to give away too much or take risks.

“I felt that we could have taken a few more risks in the way we played, played out a bit more and got hold of possession a bit more.

“Apart from a couple of set-piece chances, I felt we limited them quite well but probably didn’t create enough, we didn’t have enough quality in the final third. There were a lot of positive signs and a few things to work on.

“Shamrock Rovers will be a different proposition but we have to be better with the ball, we have to keep hold of it a bit more, don’t panic and be in a rush to get it forward, keep the ball and play our way into the game a little bit more.”

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