CORK City chairman Declan Carey feels that the members of the supporters’ trust which runs the club are in a more positive frame of mind after a general meeting on Thursday.
Foras held a meeting in the Metropole Hotel, at which members robustly questioned the board of management on a series of issues. It’s an accountability that Carey welcomes.
“There were plenty of difficult questions from members and we were as open as we possibly could be,” he said.
“We gave plenty of time to folks to put their hands up, we didn’t want to leave the room with any lingering questions.
“Are we satisfied with the position the club is current in? Obviously not, we have areas we definitely need to improve on, off the pitch and on the pitch.
“We felt we gave members a true reflection of where we are now.”
Openness with members is something that Carey feels is a bedrock on which the club should be built.
“I think transparency is always the way to go with your shareholders,” he said.
“It’s the way I like to do my business and as a board we want to be as transparent as we possibly can.
“We stopped a lot of the fake news and all of that getting out. We had our last GM in May and the season took an unfortunate turn after that. We felt it was important to update members before the AGM.
“We have business to attend to at the AGM, we’ve two places on the board to fill and we didn’t want that to be clogged up with questions about 2019.
“We want to put that season behind us now, it’s over. We’ve the Christmas period coming up, a new jersey just launched and we want to drive on now and put everything behind us.
“We hope the members will trust us to steer the club in the right direction and I think they will do that, based on the reaction we got.”
Reports emanated regarding heavy losses (to the tune of €400,000) and a tax settlement with Revenue, but Carey wouldn’t comment until these figures become official.
“They’re drafts and forecasts,” he said.
“Figures emanated from previous meetings that were misinterpreted and so we couldn’t comment on forecast figures that have not been finalised.
“We’ll wait until our audit is finished on January 24. These things are for FORAS members until publication.”
Elsewhere, City are set for wholesale changes in the first-team backroom staff.
Joe Gamble, appointed as assistant manager to Neale Fenn, will also have responsibility for strength and conditioning, while Mark McNulty, if he re-signs, is likely to take on the role of goalkeeping coach. Mick Punch, Eddie Hickey and Kevin Tattan, all of whom were part of John Caulfield’s set-up, have left the club.