Cork City have faith in Cotter and deny link with former Cobh boss Henderson

Cork City have faith in Cotter and deny link with former Cobh boss Henderson
Frormer Ramblers manager Stephen Henderson with Kevin Taylor. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

CORK City FC chairman Declan Carey has outlined the club are in discussions with the FAI to allow John Cotter to remain on in charge of the first team squad.

Carey’s comments come after Stephen Henderson, who is a Pro Licence Holder and resigned from his position as Cobh Ramblers manager last Friday, was linked with a move to the Rebel Army.

But Cotter is the man the club intend to remain in charge for Europe and in their League of Ireland duties for the foreseeable future.

As City commence their Europa League qualifying campaign shortly, Carey explained the club has not been talking to any other managers regarding the Pro Licence situation for managing in Europe.

UEFA rules state that John Cotter can manage in a European game by just sitting the Pro Licence course, which he is currently in the middle of doing.

John Cotter. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne
John Cotter. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

But the FAI tightened their rules for this season, which state that only those who had completed the Pro Licence could manage a Premier Division club for more than 60 days.

Speaking to The Echo, Carey said: “John Cotter is our manager now for the foreseeable as far as we are concerned.

“We are looking into the rules around the Pro Licence situation at the moment. UEFA rules say that John can manage a UEFA game, Europa or Champions League, by just sitting the Pro Licence Course, which he is doing.

“The FAI rules then are a bit ambiguous about it, so we are in discussions with the FAI about that at the moment.

“John is our man at the moment and we are behind him 100%.

“We haven’t spoken to any other managers or anything like that around the whole Pro Licence situation.

“As I said, we are discussing that with the FAI at the moment and seeing what we can do regards that.”

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