John Caulfield has left his position as Cork City manager after five years, following a poor opening season.
Without a win in eight Premier Division games and just three points above the relegation zone, Caulfield’s position was discussed at a lengthy meeting of the FORAS board last night.
In a statement issued by Cork City FC, saying “The club and John Caulfield came to a mutual agreement today at Bishopstown Stadium.”
Roscommon man Caulfield added; “I feel the time is right to part ways with the club,” the 54-year-old said in a statement.
“I would like to thank the players and backroom team for the huge success brought to the club since 2014. I wish everyone the best for the rest of the 2019 season and look forward to attending games as a supporter in the stands.”
Caulfield took over as Cork City manager in November 2013, the team having returned to the premier division in 2012 finishing sixth and again in 2013, 25 points behind champions St.Patrick’s Athletic.
Under Caulfield they finished runners-up for the following three seasons before finally landing the SSE Airtricity League title in 2017.
The Rebel Army won two FAI Cups during his time in charge, in 2016 and 2017, and also reached the third qualifying round of the Europa League.
The team has struggled this season following the departures of Steven Beattie, Jimmy Keohane and Kieran Sadlier.
They have managed just three wins from their 14 league games and sit just three points and one place above the relegation zone.
The club will appoint an interim manager for the foreseeable future, including Friday night’s trip to Dalymount Park to take on Bohemians, while undertaking a recruitment process for a full-time replacement.
“Everyone at the club is hugely grateful for everything John Caulfield has done for the club, the city and Cork,” chairman Declan Carey said.
“He holds every record as a player and a manager. He leaves the club with all of our best wishes and we look forward to welcoming John to Turner’s Cross in the future.”