THE departure of John Caulfield as Cork City manager means that, for the first time in more than five years, there is a vacancy at Turner’s Cross.
The club intend to announce a new interim management structure tomorrow morning, with the process for appointing a permanent replacement for Caulfield set to begin immediately.
A number of internal and external options exist for the Rebel Army, with whoever is chosen likely to have a previous connection to the club.
Caulfield’s assistant since his appointment at the end of 2013, Cotter possesses an estimable CV in his own right. Having replaced Caulfield as Avondale United manage, he guided the club to two Munster Senior League Premier Division titles as well as three FAI Intermediate Cups. Currently undertaking the Uefa Pro Licence, which is necessary to manage in the Premier Division.
Currently the director of the City academy and manager of the club’s U19 team which has made a good start to its season, former Republic of Ireland midfielder Healy would be a popular choice with City supporters but lacks experience of managing a senior side.
A league and FAI Cup medal winner with City as a player, O’Brien has worked his way through the coaching ranks with the FAI and is currently the Ireland U17 manager, winning plaudits for his teams’ style of play.
Like O’Brien, the current Longford Town manager was part of the City team which won the Premier Division in 2005 and he too is developing a positive reputation for sending teams out to play attacking football. As with Cotter, he is currently enrolled on the Pro Licence course.
City’s current captain is making his first steps in coaching with the club’s U13 team, but may wish to continue playing for the time being.
The Waterford manager was previously part of Caulfield’s backroom team but there is a cohort of City fans that still hasn’t forgiven him for leaving the club to join Shamrock Rovers during his playing career.