Forget the double – Cork City boss scoops prestigious treble
JOHN CAULFIELD UNVEILED AS CORK PERSON OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER
IN the week that he led Cork City to the first ever domestic league and cup double, the club’s manager John Caulfield can now add yet another string to his already impressive bow.
This comes after the man dubbed Cork’s ‘Mr Soccer’ was unveiled at the recipient of the prestigious Cork Person of the Month award for November.
Since taking over the helm at Cork City four years ago, former Cork player Caulfield led the club to three consecutive second place finishes in the Premier Division and FAI Cup glory last year.
The renewed sense of optimism around the club was bolstered by Cork City’s blistering start to the new season, which included a 12-game unbeaten streak. Despite a slight wobble towards the end of the season no one, least of all the City faithful, ever doubted that they would be crowned champions.
Eventually, at a newly remodelled Turners Cross courtesy of Storm Ophelia, City were finally crowned champions thanks to a draw with Derry City and the first leg of the double was finally wrapped up.
Onto last Sunday and after nail-biting penalty shoot out with their old foes Dundalk the dream of the double became a glorious reality with the squad given a heroes welcome upon their return to Leeside on Monday night.
Cork Person of the Year awards founder and organiser, Mallow man Manus O’Callaghan, was in no doubt about who has been the driving force behind the new golden era of Cork soccer.
“Since John took over four years ago, he has put the players and a system in place to create a truly great City squad. Observers say his impressive man-management is one of his great skills and one of the key reasons behind his success,” said Manus.
“John Caulfield has brought the success, the excitement and the crowds back to Cork soccer, reminiscent of the glory days of the Hibs and Celtic teams of the 1970’s. For this, he is a worthy winner of this award,” he added.
Cork City skipper Alan Bennett agreed, describing John Caulfield’s drive and determination to win as “relentless”.
“The intensity of the man just blows me away. You arrive (to training) on a Monday morning and being a bit older you are a bit tired. But after meeting him for 15-minutes you just want to burst into training,” said Alan.
“He is setting standards that this club will have to stay at. Hopefully, the success this season will prove to be a watershed for Cork City.”
Former Cork City favourite Seanie Maguire, now with Preston North End, said he would be forever indebted to the club and in particular John Caulfield.
Niamh O’Mahony of FORAS, the supporters trust that owns and runs Cork City FC, said Caulfield had “revitalised the club since his return as manager in 2013.
“His dedication, hard work and obsession for getting every detail right is inspirational,” she said.
“John bears the brunt of high expectations and few will ever see true impact of the small and subtle conversations he has and decisions he makes behind the scenes,” she added.
John Caulfield’s name will now go forward with the other monthly winners for possible selection as the 2017 Cork Person of the Year, the winner of which will be unveiled at a gala awards in January.
Cork City FC manager John Caulfield receiving his November Cork Person of the Month award with, from left: awards organiser, Manus O’Callaghan; John Lehane, Lexus Cork; Tina Quinn, AM O’Sullivan Pr; Pat Lemasney, Southern and George Duggan, Cork Crystal.