FORMER Cork City manager, Damien Richardson was last night appointed director of coaching at Carrigaline United AFC.
The experienced Richardson, who led City to their last league title in 2005, was unveiled at an official launch announcement made by club chairman, Willie Walsh at their Ballea Road premises.
The appointment is part of the club’s on-going Coaching and Education programme and will hopefully enhance the success story that already is the FAI’s ‘Club of the Year’ for 2017.
Meanwhile, City centre-half Ryan Delaney is hoping to return to cross-channel football at Burton Albion with league and FAI Cup medals in his back pocket by the end of the season.
The on-loan Wexford man and his team-mates are just five points away from clinching the Championship pennant with seven league games to go and tonight they switch their attentions to the FAI Cup and a clash with Athlone Town with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs.
“We have targeted the league as the main priority all along but obviously as the Cup holders we are determined to try and retain the trophy and get another big day out for the fans at the Aviva Stadium.
“I am looking to the game because knock-out football is a little different to the league. We will be going out to win the tie, score a few goals and get ourselves into the last eight and Monday’s quarter-final draw.
“We haven’t been at our best in one or two recent league games and we weren’t on our game against Bohs’ or Sligo Rovers but we got things back to normal with our away win up at Finn Harps the other night and we can push on now,” said Delaney.