“We met on the Monday night after the Finn Harps game. We had a discussion. Then, we met with John on the Tuesday and had another discussion with him and we finalised it with him on the Wednesday morning and we parted ways. Look, I can’t say enough positive words about John: he is a club legend at Cork City and, in general, he is one of Corks greatest sporting icons.
“We looked into it; we tried to do an analysis on what making the decision would do to us as a club and what not making the decision would do and, ultimately, we decided to sit down with John and we came up with that decision. It was a difficult one.”
“I think we were eighth in the table after that Finn Harps game. In terms of budgets, we thought this year we also budgeted for a top-three or top-four finish and it wasn’t looking good, at that stage of the season.”
“The academy has been very successful recently. We have invested in that with coaches and brought in guys with UEFA B and UEFA A licences to help Colin Healy and that’s where we hope we will get our stars of the future.”