CORK City manager John Caulfield will have to watch tonight’s Premier Division clash with Shamrock Rovers from the stands but he will be back in the dugout for Monday’s FAI Cup semi-final replay with Bohemians.
Caulfield will serve a one-game touchline ban as City go to Tallaght Stadium (8pm), seeking to end a three-game losing run in the league. Assistant manager John Cotter will deputise and Caulfield is taking his punishment on the chin.
“Tallaght’s a nice stadium, there’s a nice stand, I always like going up there!” he laughed.
“It’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it is, I just have to take it.
“It’s Friday night and John will man the sideline, that’s the way it is.” Does being on the sideline have that much of an impact on how the team do?
“As a manager, you think there is but there’s probably not,” Caulfield said.
“Certainly, when you look at other sports, it’s hard to know. In rugby, the manager is always in the stand and in Gaelic they’re communicating with headphones, it’s something that in the soccer world really isn’t in at the moment.
“Most managers like to stay on the sidelines, it’s a hard one. You definitely see things better up in the stands, there’s no doubt about that, but do you think you can make an influence on the sideline? Sometimes, I think you can, to make a change or that.
“Maybe I’ll tell you after Friday night!”
Defenders Steven Beattie and John Dunleavy remain out injured for City, though Caulfield will rotate his side with an eye on Monday’s replay at Turner’s Cross.