Caulfield confirms cork business is done

Article by Kieran Burke - @KieranBTS

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Cork City manager, John Caulfield has confirmed that the “Rebels” transfer business this winter is now concluded, despite a disappointing opening day defeat at the hands of outside title contender fancies, St.Patrick’s Athletic. A first-half penalty from new signing, Mikey Drennan was enough to down last seasons league and cup runners up, with many pundits tipping the Turners Cross outfit to struggle in comparison to recent seasons.

Cork City have never finished outside of the top two in the Premier Division since John Caulfield’s return to the club back in 2013. However, having missed out on Champions League qualification for the summer ahead, City have been forced to cut their cloth, which has seen the likes of Kieran Sadlier and Barry McNamee leave for pastures new. On Friday’s opening league game of 2019 against St.Pat’s at Richmond Park, Cork City started with three new signings in their starting eleven, while more than half of the away sides substitutes bench featured off-season arrivals.

Speaking exclusively to Gerard Browne for Between the Stripes TV post match, City boss John Calfield confirmed there would be no further arrivals at the club ahead of next Friday’s transfer deadline. Asked if the temptation to recruit further was still a possibility, especially given the number of midweek games lying in wait for top-flight clubs, Caulfield was firm in his response of “no, we are done.”

Reacting to the result itself, the legendary Cork City manager spoke of his disappointment at the chances his players seemed to pass up in the capital on opening night.

“From our own point of view we are just disappointed because we had opportunities to score and we just didn’t, but you just move on and go on to the next big game.”

That next big game as described by Caulfield is a Munster derby at home to Waterford FC, who also suffered opening night disappointment in a 2-1 home defeat against fancied title challengers for 2019, Shamrock Rovers.

You can catch John Caulfield’s post match interview with Gerard Browne on our Between the Stripes TV Premier Division review show below. The show also features interviews with Liam Buckley, John Gill, Brian Gartland, Ger O’Brien, Dinny Corcoran Keith Ward and Daniel O’Reilly from the opening weekend of top flight matches.