CORK City interim manager John Cotter believes the club must put their recent upheavals behind them and start the rebuild with their new man at the helm.
Incoming boss Neale Fenn took his seat in the stands at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night as Cotter’s reign ended in a dismal 1-0 defeat away to First Division outfit Galway United in the FAI Cup.
Fenn left Longford Town and was unveiled by Cork City today as their new manager. Former City midfielder Joe Gamble is expected to join him in the backroom team.
It was a week of upheaval for the Leesiders and Conor Melody crowned it when he finished past Mark McNulty to dump the 2017 champions out of the cup.
“I was told that Galway would be my last game in this position,” said Cotter.
“Was it ideal in our preparations? No. Did it interrupt it? It did. I spoke to the players on Thursday. We had to speak to them because they knew.
“I tried to get them as focused as possible but it looked like some fellas weren’t at it.
“It is not an excuse, I wouldn’t use it as an excuse because it is cheap to do that.
“We just weren’t good enough. It was a tough week for everyone in the club, myself included.”
Cork City have been in turmoil this season with John Caulfield paying the price when he departed the managerial hot-seat in May.
“No name was mentioned to me but you would want to be a blind man if you didn’t see what was going on around the place.
“I support these players the whole way. I have had many great nights and days with a lot of these players over the last few years.
“I just wish them all the best.”
Cotter took over as interim manager following Caulfield’s departure. He previously played for Cork City and eventually joined their coaching staff in 2014.
“It is disappointing but this is my sixth season with the club and I have absolutely loved every minute of it,” he said.
“I have worked hard to get into this position. I have worked with some incredible people in the club, on the playing side of it as well as the staff.
“I have made friends in this club that I will keep and have for a long time after this.
“We have had a lot of success as well. I am honoured to be involved in the most successful period the club have had.
“It is probably in a few years’ time that people will realise that this period was a golden era in the club.”