Trip to Waterford is another tough game for a City team struggling to find form

Trip to Waterford is another tough game for a City team struggling to find form
Cork City’s Garry Buckley with Darragh Markey of St Patrick's Athletic. Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

CORK City manager John Caulfield admits that his future is out of his hands but he feels that continued hard work will see the team turn around recent poor form.

City go into tonight’s Munster derby away to Waterford at the RSC (7.45pm) on the back of a four-game run that has yielded just a point, with the concession of two late goals having seem them go down 2-1 against UCD on Monday.

In Caulfield’s five years in charge, City have never finished outside the top two of the Premier Division, winning the league once and picking up two FAI Cups. He accepts that any decisions rest with the club’s board of management but considers his tenure to have been a big success.

“I have no control over that. That’s their [the board’s] choice,” he said.

“At the end of the day, the management team came in when the club was on its knees, seriously in debt, seriously down the table, crowds of less than a thousand. The team have been in the top two for the last five years, in four [FAI] cup finals, a double, back-to-back [FAI] cups, in Europe every year.

“There have been massive cuts within the club, massive changes to budgets. We work within the structures and within the ethos of what the club want to do, what the board want us to do. 

"That’s their choice. I can only do my best every day. That’s what the management team do. We do our best every day. Over the last five, six years, it has been excellent.

“People can see with the huge turnaround of players that has happened this year, it was always going to be a tough year. It is, there’s no doubt about that. All I can do is work as hard as I can every day.

“If that was a decision, fine. If there’s someone out there that will bring the club to another level, great. All I know is we work as hard as we can. We’re doing our best, and our best for the last five years was incredibly strong, with the amount of money that has been brought into the club. But that’s outside of my remit.” 

 City are likely to remain without Dáire O’Connor, Karl Sheppard, Conor McCormack and Cian Murphy due to injury, while former Waterford player Garry Comerford is suspended after he was sent off on Monday.

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