CORK City FC have reshaped their management structure for the remainder of the season.
Frank Kelleher is now the first team manager, with John Cotter moving to head coach having operated as interim boss since John Caulfield stepped down.
Crucially, former Cork City women's manager Kelleher holds a UEFA Pro-license. City suffered an embarrassing 4-1 drubbing at home to Derry City last Friday and are mired in mid-table, though there is a Europa League qualifying round on the horizon.
Kelleher is delighted to take up the role.
"It’s great to be back wearing the badge again. I’m a Cork City supporter, this is my club and I’m delighted to play a part for the rest of the season. It’s an honour and a job I will not be taking lightly.
“John and the rest of the staff are working really hard and doing a good job - it will take me a few weeks to get into the swing of things, but I hope we can all drive on now and have an exciting second half of the season."
Kelleher will join up with the first team after the trip to Finn Harps on Monday night, with Bohs coming to the Cross next Friday.
Bennett will remain as assistant head coach with Eddie Hickey as goalkeeping coach and Liam Kearney, Colin Healy and Mick Punch as assistant coaches.
A former player for City in the mid-80s, Kelleher brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the club and was recently head of Cobh Ramblers academy.
From 2015 to 2018, he was the manager of the Cork City women’s team that won the FAI Senior Cup in 2017 after a historic 1-0 win over UCD Waves at the Aviva Stadium. He also worked with the Cork Youth Leagues for three years, supporting the transition of local Cork players into CCFC’s U17 and U19 academy teams.
Speaking on the appointment, Cork City chairman Declan Carey said “It’s great to have Frank back at CCFC and part of the management team. I’m sure he’ll fit in well with John Cotter and all the lads and he’s already very familiar with how the club operates and our expectations.”
Cotter added: “I know Frank for a number of years and it’s brilliant to have him as part of the staff. He’ll start to be involved leading up to the game against Bohs and we’re all looking forward to getting the heads down now and pushing on for the rest of the season in the league, Europe and FAI Cup.”