The Dyspeptic Doyen of Dundalk™ (worst wrestler name ever - Ed). Stephen Kenny is at it again: he unloaded on John Caulfield and Cork City in magnificent fashion after last night's win over St Pat's.
Speaking to DundalkSport.ie, Kenny fired back at comments made earlier in the week by Caulfield relating to Dundalk's signing of Georgie Kelly and Patrick McEleney. Caulfield told Rebel Army TV that Cork couldn't compete with such financial clout, saying that "we believe some money changed hands. We're not in that market."
Kenny, however, fired back last night by saying that Caulfield's comments were "completely dishonest".
John Caulfield put a statement out that we paid a massive fee for Georgie Kelly which is being completely dishonest and untrue.
We didn’t pay any fee for Georgie. He’s a young player who has come in on a modest League of Ireland wage and wants to play here. We were going to take him at the start of the year but he had a duty to UCD to finish his scholarship and didn’t feel he could leave until the summer.
He had his own personal agreement that he could leave on a free because of that and to try and put pressure on the lad like that is unnecessary and very disappointing. They’ve signed a ‘Premiership player’ and we’ve signed a player from the First Division.
The "Premiership player" to whom he refers is Damien Delaney, referencing Cork's infamous tweet to Legia Warsaw following the clubs' pairing in the Champions League.
Hi @LegiaWarsawEN , nice to meet you. We're @CorkCityFC - the Double Champions of Ireland. We play at Turner's Cross.
We just signed a player from the Premiership and our players score goals from 100+ yards.
See you in a few weeks! #CCFC84 #CityInEurope
— Cork City FC (@CorkCityFC) June 19, 2018
Kenny, meanwhile, was also upset at Stephen Bradley's assertion that Dundalk's resigning of McEleney just months after the player left for Oldham reflected poorly on the League of Ireland. "His criticism didn’t make sense to me at all", fulminated Kenny. "It’s just a bit of bravado and playing to the gallery. I felt he wanted to criticise Dundalk to keep people happy".
Kenny's full comments are worth a read on Dundalk Sport.