Cork City FC have confirmed League winning manager John Caulfield has signed a new, two-year contract with the club.
Caulfield joined the club ahead of the 2014 season following stints with Avondale United and UCC in the Munster Senior League.
He managed to help bring that year’s title race to the final day of the season, finishing runners-up to Dundalk before winning the FAI Cup in 2016 and the SSE Airtricity League title in 2017.
Commenting on the news, Pat Lyons, Chairman of FORAS and Cork City FC, said: “Having won the league, and with a chance at winning a double next weekend in the Aviva Stadium, is fantastic for the club. That is where we want to be, and we believe that both John and the club share the same ambitions for this club, that is to say, challenging at the top in Ireland and competing on the European stage also. John also understands and shares the FORAS ethos.”
“In addition to the success we have enjoyed at first team level, John has done a huge amount of work on the footballing structure of the club and worked closely with our underage set-up. We believe all of this will make this club better and stronger in the future, and we look forward to continuing to work with John over the next two years to bring that hard work to fruition.”
Speaking to CorkCityFC.ie shortly after putting pen to paper on his contract, Caulfield said: “I am delighted; we discussed it a while ago, but it was just a case of getting down to the formalities of signing the contract. We were in the run-in for the league and we decided to leave it until that was all out of the way.”
“I am thankful to the Board and to FORAS for giving me another two years. Since myself and John Cotter came in, our aim was to bring the club back to a position where we are in Europe and challenging for trophies. The crowds have been fantastic, and the support has been massive all the way through. The management team have worked hard and the backing we have received from the fans has been incredible.”
“We want to keep driving on and pushing the club forward. There are no guarantees of anything, but we want to be challenging for trophies and in Europe every year. It is a great time in the club’s history and we are constantly striving to make the club even better.”