CORK CITY are back in action this Friday with the visit to the Showgrounds to take on Sligo Rovers, followed by the mid-summer break.
Since the Rebel Army’s last outing, the 1-1 draw away to St Patrick’s Athletic, there have been two departures, with coach Lisa Fallon and player Shane Daly-Bütz leaving.
Fallon, who was head of football analysis and is a Uefa pro licence holder, had been with the club since 2014.
Her exit means that nobody on the coaching staff holds a pro licence, which leaves a question mark as to the manager’s role at the end of the two-month grace period given to interim manager John Cotter, who is currently undertaking the pro licence.
Cotter said of Fallon: “Lisa has been a key part of the backroom staff over the last five and a half years, playing an important role in an extremely successful period in the club’s history.
“She has now decided that the time is right for her to seek a new challenge elsewhere, and she leaves the club with our thanks for everything she has done and our best wishes.”
Ovens native Daly-Bütz. aged 22, joined City last year, playing seven times, but didn’t feature in the league this season.
“Everyone would like to thank Shane for his contribution to the club during his time here,” Cotter said.
“Shane is a good lad and he has worked hard, but has found his opportunities limited, so we discussed it and agreed that he would move on and look for more regular game time elsewhere.
“We wish him the best of luck in the forthcoming World University Games and for the future.”
Meanwhile, Cork City fans are being encouraged to register early for the Rebel Army’s new 100 Club membership scheme.
Costing €1,000, the new initiative will entitle members to a special gold season ticket for both the 2020 and 2021 seasons, access to functions and special events and a host of other benefits.
The 100 Club will run in two-season cycles and members who sign up now will have first option on renewal for 2022-2023. Membership of Foras isn’t necessary for participation in the 100 Club.
The 100 Club gold season ticket entitles holders access to all home games at Turner’s Cross, including league, European matches, FAI Cup, EA Sports Cup and friendly matches for two whole seasons, with the option of reserved seating in the Donie Forde Stand.
The membership pack also contains limited edition 100 Club merchandise and one of the first 100 of the new Adidas home shirt for 2020.