John Cotter has been announced as the interim manager of Cork City as they Leesiders attempt to get their below-par season back on track.
The new boss has been working behind the scenes as a member of the club's coaching staff since 2014. After a successful playing career with the club during the last decade, he will preside over the team for the first time tomorrow (Friday) when his side travel to Dalymount Park for a league clash with in-form Bohemians.
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Speaking to the club website after the announcement, the new boss said he was looking forward to helping the club rediscover some of their best form.
I’m delighted and honoured to take up this new interim role. I’m looking forward to getting the head down now and trying to get the club back up the table as quickly as possible. We have an excellent team of backroom staff that can achieve that.
Joining Cotter on the backroom team will be former Republic of Ireland internationals Alan Bennett and Colin Healy. Bennett is currently the captain of the Turner's Cross outfit, though he has also coached underage sides at the club.
After a long career in England, Bennett returned to his boyhood club in 2015 and has enjoyed a golden spell of success at the club since.
Also speaking to the club website, Bennett said the focus was now on their next league game.
It has been an honour to play for and captain this club, and I am now looking forward to working with John and the rest of the backroom staff over the coming days and weeks. Our focus now is on preparing the team for tomorrow’s game at Dalymount Park and trying to put together a run of results that will help propel the team back up the table.
Meanwhile, Colin Healy is Head of Academy at the club. As well as amassing over 150 appearances for the club, the Cork man has also lined out for the likes of Celtic and Sunderland throughout his career.