O’Callaghan to stay with City

CORK CITY chairman Brian Lennox admitted yesterday that transfer-listed midfielder George O’Callaghan is likely to remain at Turners Cross for the remainder of the season at least.

Though the player was put up for sale in July after a very public falling-out with manager Damien Richardson, Mr Lennox said it doesn’t look like O’Callaghan will get the move he wants before the English transfer window closes at midnight tonight.

“I’ve had no offers on my desk from anybody with regards both George and Danny Murphy,” he said. “There’s been some interest in George but nothing official has come through the door.”

Fans’ favourite Danny Murphy was the subject of some interest from struggling Scottish Premier League side Motherwell in the past week but, according to the chairman, the club decided to retain his services.

This is despite the fact that his contract expires at he end of the season.

“Motherwell came back with a third offer of €15,000. It went from €5,000 to €10,000 to €15,000 but it’s like this; we have 11 games left. We want to challenge in the league and get back into Europe again so it’s not going to pay us to release him for €15,000. He’s one of our best players and that figure doesn’t pay the club, bearing in mind the ambitions we have,” he said.

Murphy is likely to see out the remainder of his contract before moving to another club as a free agent.

Meanwhile, the Londoner’s team-mates, Neale Fenn and club captain Dan Murray, are in a similar contractual situation, with both in deals which run out in November.

Lennox, however, said negotiations will take place at the end of the season. “Dan Murray and Neale Fenn’s contract negotiations are afoot and I don’t envision any problems there. They’re both happy to look after that later.”

At Bohemians, the hunt is on for a new manager, but it’s Kevin Hunt who will take over as caretaker boss for tomorrow night’s game against Drogheda United.

Player manager Gareth Farrelly parted company with the club in the wake of their FAI Cup exit to First Division Shamrock Rovers on Tuesday night.

Although there were reports that Farrelly had chosen to resign immediately after the game, a statement from Bohemians said the club had opted to terminate his contract and went on to wish him well for the future.

Speculation about his successor has seen Pat Dolan and Brian Kerr mentioned but, for now, club captain Hunt — currently out injured — takes over the reins on a caretaker basis.

Farrelly, who has played for both Everton and Bolton, is expected to return to England to continue his career.

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