'It's with heavy heart I've decided to move on from Cork City'

'It's with heavy heart I've decided to move on from Cork City'

Outgoing City coach Liam Kearney. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

LIAM Kearney has departed the Cork City coaching staff, meaning that head coach Neale Fenn will go into 2020 with a totally changed backroom team.

The Conna native, a league title winner with City as a player in 2005, an FAI Cup medallist in 2007 and a Setanta Cup winner in 2008, had been a part of the first-team management as well as taking charge of the side's U17 team.

He had been out of contract and had been in negotiations with the club but he has opted to move on. He relayed that message on Twitter.

"It's with a heavy heart I've decided to move on from Cork City FC," he wrote.

"I wish Neale, staff and both academy and first-team players the very best of luck for season ahead, it's been an honour and a privilege to coach for my hometown club."

Kearney's departure cuts the last link to the management set-up which was in place at the start of 2019. A year ago, manager John Caulfield was assisted by John Cotter with Kearney, Mick Punch and Lisa Fallon as coaches and Eddie Hickey as goalkeeping coach while Kevin Tattan looked after strength and conditioning.

Fenn has appointed City legend Joe Gamble as assistant manager and he will also take responsibility for S&C while goalkeeper Mark McNulty looks set to re-sign and take on the goalkeeping coaching duties. Frank Kelleher, appointed as City's manager midway through last season as Cotter didn't have the requisite coaching badges during his time in charge, could also stay on in an altered role.

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