CORK City’s experienced manager John Caulfield has explained he puts all his energy, strength and focus into his team’s preparation for every game.
His approach is certainly working, with City 14 points clear of second-placed Bray Wanderers in the Premier Division after 12 wins in a row.
“It’s vital to keep the squad focussed and keep the players’ minds on the next challenge and I can’t afford to drift because if the players see that in me, they might drift off too and we can’t afford it.
The players might think I am not tuned in or I am missing something. Being blunt about it, I am very disciplined myself about the job and it’s 24/7 with me,” said Caulfield after his side blitzed Finn Harps with a five-goal rout.
“It’s easier to manage and train the team when you are winning matches rather than losing that’s for sure. We are on a great run, but typical Cork, we are winning trophies before the season even starts and I suppose that’s where the pressure comes from in the first place.
“We go from game-to-game no one is getting carried away with this success and we all know there’s a lot of football to be played between now and the end of the season.
"I think we have a special group of players here but that didn’t happen overnight and it was a step by step process since my appointment.
“We have great management and coaching staff here at Cork City and we move on to the next challenge now and that’s away to a Galway team that beat the defending champions, Dundalk recently,” he added.
Cork have won 12 games on the trot now and come up against the basement dwellers Galway United now on Friday night (7.45pm).
“It’s another massive fixture for us and I have a feeling that they are waiting in the long grass for us.
But the competition for places we have in the squad is helping us produce the results because if a fellow drops out now, it’s hard to get back into the team.
The team that beat Harps know that Alan Bennett and Garry Buckley are ready to come back into the frame in Galway and that all helps to keep the performance levels up and keep the lads on their toes.
“All the boys have really been tuned in and that’s what we need to win a trophy. We go out to win every game and it will be the same in Galway with three more points on offer. The more league games we can win before our Europa League fixtures the better.
“You don’t know what the Europa League draw on June 19 is going to throw up at us but we will have some fixture congestion when we will end up playing Thursday, Sunday, Thursday.
We are un-seeded again, so we are going to have to play a seeded team in the first qualifying round and we could end up anywhere. European football will change the dynamic for us and we have to be ready and have as many points on the board as possible,” he added.
Meanwhile Cork City have announced a new, enhanced partnership with Cork Airport.
The new partnership will see City branding in various locations in Cork Airport which is the international gateway to the south of Ireland and is uniquely positioned at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East.
It is the country’s second largest and best connected international airport with more choice of routes than any other airport, outside of Dublin, and it’s a coming together of two very strong Cork brands who are located at the heart of the community.
As part of this initiative, Cork City and Cork Airport will host a display in the main Arrivals Hall of a selection of the entries from the recent: 'Clonakilty Pride in Your Jersey' competition, in association with Clonakilty Food Co., which saw over 2,000 children design their own jersey and explain why they are so proud to be from Cork.