Stephen Kenny: John Caulfield comments ‘completely out of order’

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has described John Caulfield as “completely out of order” in response to comments from the Cork City boss over an alleged phone call to Lilywhites skipper Stephen O’Donnell, writes Darren Norris.

In an interview with Newstalk on Wednesday, Caulfield insisted Kenny’s claims someone from the City camp had rang O’Donnell to taunt him after Cork City’s victory over Dundalk in last year’s FAI Cup final “100% didn’t happen”.

Kenny hit back tonight, telling the Dundalk website: “In relation to John Caulfield’s accusation of lies on Newstalk’s programme where he claims I made the situation up about a phone call to Stephen O’Donnell, it is common knowledge that Stephen O’Donnell got the phone call.

Stephen Kenny

“We had a meal in the Aviva Stadium on Sunday after the FAI Cup final. I shook hands with John Caulfield, John Cotter, and Liam Kearney.

“I congratulated them on their FAI Cup win and John could have brought anything up with me then but he chose to go on to Newstalk and attack me personally, accused me of lying and all of that which is completely out of order.

“To suggest that anyone could make something up like that is absurd.

“It’s bordering on the ridiculous.”

Stephen Kenny and John Caulfield

Kenny also revealed the events which led Karl Sheppard to change his mind on a pre-contract agreement to move to Oriel Park.

The winger signed a two-year contract to stay at Cork this week despite reportedly agreeing the switch prior to last Sunday.

Kenny said: “Karl Sheppard approached a member of our staff to say he was moving to Balbriggan and would we be interested in signing him. He’s a good player.

Karl Sheppard

“Negotiations were concluded quickly and a pre-contract agreement drawn up by the club’s solicitor in September.

“Karl travelled up to the City North Hotel to sign the pre-contract agreement. A pre-contract is a big commitment both ways as, for example, the club would have been liable for this salary for the next two years if he had got injured for Cork. However, we undertook to do that.

“At that time, we could have announced that signing as a pre-contract signing however out of respect for Karl we didn’t.

“There had just been persistent questions in the weeks leading up to it. We didn’t confirm it but we just couldn’t keep denying it.

“After the Cup final, Karl had a change of heart. It’s always difficult for a player to leave and go to a rival to be fair and as a manager there’s nothing you can do in that situation. “

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