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Cork set to name John Caulfield as manager later today

City legend played 16 seasons with the club and is now set to return as Tommy Dunne’s successor.

Caulfield: heading back to Turner's Cross.
Caulfield: heading back to Turner's Cross.
Image: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

JOHN CAULFIELD WILL meet the media this afternoon for the first time as Cork City manager.

Caulfield’s appointment is set to be made official at a press conference at the SilverSprings Hotel later today.

The striker, who made more than 450 appearances for City and scored 129 goals, emerged as the board’s top man from a longlist of over 50 candidates.

Former Premier League boss Glenn Roeder and former Drogheda manager Mick Cooke were among those linked with the job.

But Caulfield, who managed UCC to the final of the Collingwood Cup earlier this year, has been chosen to succeed Tommy Dunne. Dunne was sacked in August after more than three years in charge with Stuart Ashton taking the job on an interim basis until the end of the season.

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Caulfield celebrates with Declan Daly after winning the 1998 FAI Cup (INPHO/Patrick Bolger)

“As a board, we felt it was important to make the most informed decision we could,” chairman Mick Ring said last week.

“We consulted with people with a background in football, former professionals with a good knowledge of the club and its best interests at heart, as we worked our way through the applications.”

Often seen as the ultimate one-club man, Caulfield grew up in Roscommon but played with Cork from 1986 until his retirement 16 seasons later in 2002.

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