CORK City manager John Caulfield insists that he has no doubt that the team can turn around a recent run of poor form.
City have lost three and drawn one of their last four Premier Division games, leaving them in seventh place in the table ahead of tomorrow night’s trip to face Waterford (7.45pm). Despite the results, Caulfield has faith that things will change.
“There’s no hiding place for this management team,” he said, “everyone knows who we are, we’re all ex-players.
“We came in and it’s the job of our lives, our own home club and we’ve had an absolutely phenomenal time, it’s a privilege.
“All the supporters out there know that we work within the club structures, it’s difficult but we’ve had difficult times before. We’ve a new group, a lot of changes and we’re going through a difficult spell.
“I believe in these lads. Should we be higher in the table? I do, but do I think we’ll get into the top four and be fighting for Europe? Absolutely.
“We’re totally determined and we believe that we will turn it around. We just need everybody to be united within the group here, which they are. Obviously, on the outside there’s a bit of criticism of the management and the players, that’s normal, but what we have to do is have everyone row in and back the boys.
“We will turn it around, there’s no doubt about that.”
Caulfield also dismissed any suggestions of a bust-up with midfielder Garry Buckley in the wake of Monday’s loss to UCD. The player and the manager appeared to have words on the sideline in the closing stages of the defeat.
“The problem is you lose a game and people out there are making up stories,” he said.
“Last year, it was myself and Alan Bennett were supposed to have had a flare-up, a couple of weeks ago it was Karl Sheppard.
“Garry Buckley has been a phenomenal player for this club. People put legs on stories, but it was laughable what was being said. Do we have words in the dressing room with the players? That’s always been the case, ever since we came in.
“As a group, they go out and fight for their lives, that’s what they’ve always done. Garry’s an incredible guy and he knows that.”