WHILE one game remains in the 2019 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division season, Cork City head coach Neale Fenn is already well into his preparations for the 2020 campaign.
City play Shamrock Rovers in their final game tomorrow night, looking to round off the year with a third straight win after beating UCD and Dundalk in the past two seasons.
As well as looking to overcome the Hoops, Fenn has been busy making plans for next year.
“We’ve been planning pre-season,” he said.
“There are things going on but until everything’s signed off and things are done, I can’t talk about it.
“Obviously, we’re planning for next season, programmes for the off-season and for when the lads come in in pre-season.
“We’re trying to get players nailed down for next season, some are going to come and some are going to go. Certainly, we will bring new players and new staff in and I’m looking forward to that.
“Twenty-two or 23 is the number [of players] I would work from. If you’re including U19s and lads coming up, the numbers would grow a bit but, in terms of starting the season and players with a chance of playing, you’d be looking at 22 or 23.”
After recording the victories against UCD and Dundalk, City can make it three wins in a row for the first time all season and Fenn feels that the squad is confident.
“It was obviously a good result for us,” he said, “and when that happens people come in lively and in a good mood on a Monday morning.
“It’s been good the last couple of days, definitely. I think young players doing well and being brave was a big positive.
“I thought we were brave on the ball, in terms of trying to play, even though we were being pressed. We kept our heads and obviously defended well and kept a clean sheet along with it, which was great for us.”