FORMER Cork City manager John Caulfield has wished the club all the best after departing as manager.
The former star striker had a terrific stint at the helm since 2014, winning the league and two cups, but left his position after a terrible start to this season and a run of eight games without a win.
"It’s with great sadness that my time at a truly great club, that I’ve had the privilege to serve for over 20 years of my life, has come to an end," he said in a statement released at lunchtime on Wednesday.
"I have loved every goal, every game, every win and every trophy as a player and as a manager at Cork City FC. I have seen the club grow over the years and it was a pleasure to work with so many great players, coaches and people at the club."
Caulfield paid tribute to those he worked closest with at City and the fan-based group at the helm.
"I am so grateful to my family; my staff, in particular John Cotter, Liam Kearney, Lisa Fallon, Mick Punch and Phil Harrington. I thank Pat Lyons and the previous board for their support and would like to wish Declan Carey and the new board every success moving forward."
While recent months have been difficult, the league-winning boss was a fan-favourite in his playing days and had a strong connection with the Rebel Army across his five years as manager.
"To the supporters, there’s not a lot to say except thank you. Thank you for all the memories and all the great moments that we have shared. Your fantastic support has always meant so much to me.
"There’s something truly special about Cork City FC and I thank you for letting me be part of it for so long, both as a player and manager. I’m looking forward to my next challenge but will never forget how much pleasure and epic memories the Rebel Army have given me.
"Thank you and continued success to this very special football club."