McCormack: Work-rate has been crucial to Cork City's revival

McCormack: Work-rate has been crucial to Cork City's revival
Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

CORK CITY midfielder Conor McCormack believes that John Cotter is the perfect choice as interim manager of the club.

Cotter was appointed two weeks ago in the wake of John Caulfield’s departure and so far City have won two from two, keeping clean sheets against Bohemians and UCD. McCormack is delighted that the former assistant has stepped up.

“Everybody gets on with John,” he says.

“Cotts is great with everybody, coaching-wise you can approach him, if you’re struggling or tactically if you’re not too sure, he’ll sit you down and put you through the video, if you can’t understand that he’ll bring the tactics board in.

“He’s easy to approach and we’re just all happy that he’s involved with us now and hopefully he’s there to stay.”

The two victories have City back up to seventh in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table after eight games without a win and McCormack is happy to be heading in the right direction.

“We’ve done really well the last few games,” he says.

“We’ve defended well, we got a bit of luck at times too but I think we deserved that too because of the work-rate.

“The lads have been fantastic and we’re just happy to get the two wins because they were badly needed, we were in a place this club shouldn’t be.

“We’ll look onwards and upwards now and we’re looking forward to the Dundalk game already.”

Picture: INPHO/Lorcan Doherty
Picture: INPHO/Lorcan Doherty

While the poor run cost Caulfield his job, McCormack will retain fond memories of the man who signed him.

“John was unbelievable since he came here, he took the club from the brink, nearly, on a small budget, up to the top and getting into Europe every year,” he says.

“That’s incredible, every club would have loved that. It’s just a pity the way things went this year, we’re sorry for him. He was fantastic for me, he brought me to the club and in 2017 we won the double when nobody expected us to do it.

“I just wish him the best, all the lads have only great things to say about him. We’re just looking forward to the new era now.

“We were just unfortunate this season that we threw away leads with late goals.

“It’s just not like us, whether that was a lack of concentration or defensive errors, it just wasn’t us. We’re glad to be back, keeping clean sheets and scoring goals.

“The club is too good to be down where it is. We have to take the blame but we’re better players than that.”

Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

They will get a chance to prove that this Friday against Dundalk at Turner’s Cross, with the Lilywhites back on top.

“Dundalk are a great team,” McCormack says.

“They keep their team every year, or if a player leaves they bring in a better one.

“They have a great squad, they could probably play two 11s in this league and still be competing with each other up at the top.

“It is going to be really difficult but we’ll work on it, we were in on Saturday and we had the game on Sunday against Ringmahon Rangers too, so we’ll the spend the week working on how to beat Dundalk.”

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