Cotter's only focus for now is pushing Cork City up the table

Cotter's only focus for now is pushing Cork City up the table

John Cotter. Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

CORK City interim manager John Cotter isn’t giving any thought to the possibility of becoming the full-time successor to John Caulfield at Turner’s Cross.

Cotter, formerly Caulfield’s assistant, was appointed on a temporary basis last week following Caulfield’s departure and got off to a winning start as City triumphed 1-0 at Bohemians on Friday.

This week, they host UCD, one place below them in ninth in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table, and Cotter is concentrating on getting the three points rather than looking at anything further down the line.

“My focus is just on getting this club up the table and getting the players’ confidence back and getting results,” he said.

“Whatever comes from that comes from it, I haven’t thought about it. I’m here to do a job for the club and the team and that’s what I will do to the best of my ability. With the staff and the players we have here, I have no doubt that we will do that as quickly as possible.

“No other thoughts enter my head, my thoughts are purely on Friday night and getting the result and every player and every staff member has to be the same.

“We need everyone involved and to row in behind. The supporters have been incredible and should never underestimate the importance of the role that they play and their part in the success of the last five or six years.

“I hope they come out Friday and give the players the support they deserve and I’ve no doubt that they’ll respond to it.” 

Under current rules, Cotter can only take charge for 60 days as he holds a Uefa A licence and is currently enrolled in a course to gain the Pro licence, which is necessary to manage in the top flight.

“It’s something that has to be discussed by other people in the club,” he said.

“Obviously, I’ll be involved in that but I couldn’t give an answer now. That’s where I am at the moment, we’re just concentrating on Friday.

“It hasn’t even entered my head and that’s the truth, that’s the way you have to take it, it’s the way we’ve approached it for I don’t know how many years.

“When you start getting side-tracked, that’s when you start dropping points. We need to pick up points so we’ll just focus on the game.”

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