FORMER Cork City FC team manager John Caulfield is hoping to return to soccer management when the right opportunity presents itself and their long-term vision matches his own ambitions.
John who departed Cork City in May earlier this year following five very successful years at the helm is enjoying his time away from the managerial hot-seat.
”I have enjoyed the break. It was a difficult year and It was very time consuming. It was 24/7. It is only when you come out of it you realise the pressure was so extreme.
"It was a fantastic period in charge of Cork City, but I feel refreshed. It was vital I recharged the batteries.
"My plan is that I will go again. I am waiting on a few things to come up,” revealed the former ace striker.
John who enjoyed considerable success during his tenure as manager with Cork City, has enjoyed his period away from the game. The Enniskeane resident has enjoyed spending time with his family and he feels the break has been very positive.
“It was vital to recharge the batteries. Managing a professional team is a very intense business.
"I was obsessed with coaching and soccer in general. I feel refreshed. I am looking at a few bits and pieces at the minute, but the job has to be right for me.
"I enjoyed doing a bit of punditry work. It was different as I was coming from the other side. I was probably meeting a lot of people who were slagging me off, but it was good.”
John recently revealed that there are a number of potential investors looking to invest in League of Ireland clubs. He explained that a number of clubs operating in the domestic league meet the criteria for potential investors.
“League of Ireland clubs are attractive to investors as they are easier to take over with low costs involved. The investors are there. They have money, but they want instant success.
"It is not as simple as that however as everyone wants success.
"The key thing for these potential investors is Europe. The money is big. Take Dundalk for example, they are winning leagues every year and competing in Europe regularly.
"These people see it as a business. The key is how much money these investors are willing to put in and how quickly they want to progress. You will see over the next few years clubs being taken over. It is exciting.”
The All-Island league proposal recently received a huge blow when the IFA revealed they will refuse to sanction their clubs to take part in the competition. He can see the merits of Kieran Lucid’s proposals for an All-Island league.
“It has great potential, but we need to be patient. It is too big a move at present. We need both organisations to get their house in order. They have probably got their house in order quicker than what we have.
"We have our own issues. The proposals to run with an All-Island Cup competition for the next few years is very good.
"Eventually that may turn into a league, but going full throttle in the next year or two could be too risky.”
Cork City left back Ronan Hurley recently signed a new contract following a very impressive debut season this year. John, who gave the Schull defender his senior debut, is delighted with the continued progress of the defender.
“It is great news. He is a great lad. I gave him his first contract. I am hoping he will step up again next year. This should be his year to really drive it on.
"A lot of people have talent and ability, but you have got to have the right attitude to make it nowadays.
"Ronan has a great attitude. He lives for the game. He is very dedicated.
"He is quick, good on the ball and reads the game well. His mindset is great. He wants to make it.”
A number of young talented players from West Cork are also making great strides in their professional careers with League of Ireland clubs.
Denzil Fernades joined First Division champions Shelbourne midway through last season, while Connor Ellis enjoyed a good career with Cork City and Limerick FC.
“There is some great coaching work going on in every club. We have lots of very exciting players coming out of West Cork at the moment.
"Aaron Mannix, Keith McCarthy and Sam Bailey in particular are all very talented players. These lads probably need to commit full-time to soccer and get into the Cork City underage ranks earlier as they will continue to develop there.
"Ronan Hurley is a great example. They will provide you with a platform to further develop your game and keep progressing. Hopefully we will continue to see more West Cork lads continue to make the breakthrough.
"The West Cork League are doing great work promoting the game. There is a good committee driving it on. The ladies league is doing well, the domestic league is going well.
"The next challenge for the clubs is to keep developing their facilities so their players can keep developing.”