Cork City boss Fenn calls on club to rally behind a common cause

Cork City boss Fenn calls on club to rally behind a common cause
Cork City head coach Neale Fenn. Picture: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

CORK CITY boss Neale Fenn wants unity to ensure that the club moves forward together

While straitened financial times mean that City have had to lower expectations for 2020, Fenn is nevertheless confident of a good showing on the pitch but he isn’t losing sight of the key objectives.

“I think the most important thing is that the club needs to be sustainable,” he says.

“It needs to have people pulling the same direction — at the moment, I see a few divides and we need everyone behind us to push us on.

“If you have splits and people criticising what has happened over the past few years, that we can’t change or do anything about, it’s difficult. I think we need to draw a line in the sand now, it’s a new season, a whole lot of new players and it’s the time to get behind us.

“We’re going to do our best, try to play some nice football and get as high up the table as we can. In terms of targets, the obvious one is Europe, a bit of silverware would be nice but the most important thing is that the club is here next year.

“I don’t like when people keep talking about budgets, because it sounds like you’re giving yourself an excuse.

“We know where we are budget-wise and we have one we can afford for next season. It might not be my ideal budget or anybody else’s or get us the players we really want, but it’s a decent budget for this league. It’s better than some teams, it’s not as good as others but the most important thing is that we can afford it and the club isn’t stretching itself.

“Once we have a good start to the season or we get to the summer and we’re doing well and crowds start picking up, then you never know. We just need to make sure that everybody is going in the right direction.

“The most important thing is that we don’t have a situation where the club is back to where it was 10 years ago.”

Meanwhile, City’s veteran goalkeeper Mark McNulty is set to re-sign for 2020 as well as taking on coaching duties.

The Ballincollig native, 39 since October, joined City in 2003 and was displaced by Tadhg Ryan towards the end of last season. However, he will almost certainly be on the playing staff next year in a dual role, with previous goalkeeping coach Eddie Hickey having departed.

While City remain in negotiations to retain Conor McCarthy and Conor McCormack, neither is certain to stay but midfielder Alec Byrne, who impressed under Neale Fenn in the autumn, is staying at Turner’s Cross.

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