Cotter steadied the City ship but there's plenty more work to do

Cotter steadied the City ship but there's plenty more work to do
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CORK CITY interim manager John Cotter may not have chosen his avenue into the role, but he is keen to get the team back up the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table as soon as possible.

Cotter, who took over this week following John Caulfield’s departure, guided City to a 1-0 win over Bohemians at Dalymount Park on Friday night, with Conor McCarthy’s first-half goal the difference.

It was a positive end to a difficult week for Cotter and the team.

“Obviously, it was tough,” he said.

“The circumstances that I’m in the position are obviously not the circumstances that I would have wanted and the reason I’m in this position is because of John, to be honest, so I’ve everything to thank him for, as well as everyone inside in the dressing room.

“It has been tough obviously, but at least we got the result, what the players deserved and the supporters deserved. Hopefully, we can build from here now.”

Having been Caulfield’s assistant since he was appointed at the end of 2013, Cotter was always seen as a potential future City manager and, despite the circumstances, he wasn’t going to shy away from the responsibility.

“Myself and John would be close, as we have been for years,” he said.

“It was a decision that John would have encouraged me to take anyway. There’s no problem whatsoever, John would have texted me before the game and after.

“That’s what this club always was, everyone in it together and that’s what we’re trying to get back into the boys and I think they showed that against Bohs.”

Without a win in eight games before Friday – their last victory came at home to Bohs on March 15 – City defended well as they ended that run.

“It was all about the result,” Cotter said.

“Performances will come, I’ve no doubt, but with the run we’ve been on it was all about performance and character and we showed that in abundance tonight and I think we got the result we deserved.

“I don’t think Nults had a proper shot to save, to be fair. I thought we had a good shape, considering we had a limited to work. I’ve no doubt that, as the weeks go on, we’ll get better and move ourselves up that table.

“I just thought the workrate was phenomenal, to be honest. We had fellas carrying injuries going into the game, but there was great workrate and we had a great shape.

“Bohs are a team doing quite well and coming to their place over the years was never easy no matter what side we had. We limited them to very few chances and we have to take the positives out of that.

“We know, going forward, that we’ve work to do, absolutely, but I’ve no doubt in myself and the group that we’ll do that.”

As regards the longer-term future, Cotter hasn’t been given a timeframe as to how long he will be in charge. He is just focusing on the immediate fixture-list.

“No, I’m only enjoying now, to be honest!” he laughed.

“We’ll go in Monday and take things from there, take the positives from this. We’ve another big game next week against UCD, we need to build on that.

“I’ve full faith in myself and the staff I have and the players that are there that we can turn this around.”

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