City head to Dundalk in flying form as new names linked to Cross vacancy

Cork City face into their penultimate game of the Airtricity League season when they take on Dundalk in Oriel Park tonight but, already, the search for a permanent new manager at Turner’s Cross is well under way.

City head to Dundalk in flying form as new names linked to Cross vacancy

With the club having advertised through the League Managers’ Association in England, there has been significant cross-channel interest in the position while, among the homegrown possibilities, Mick Cooke (Drogheda United) and Martin Russell (UCD) are already being tipped in the race to succeed Tommy Dunne at Turner’s Cross. Uncertainty surrounding the future of Ian Baraclough at Sligo Rovers means he too could yet come into contention too.

The closing date for applications for the vacant post is next Wednesday, following which the interview process will begin. The club is keen that the position be filled as soon as possible, suggesting a time-frame for the new appointment of three to four weeks from when the formal interviews begin.

Meanwhile, City first team coach Billy Woods is looking forward to tonight’s challenge in Dundalk.

“The last time we were up there we didn’t do ourselves any justice,” he says of the 2-0 defeat in April. “We were comprehensively beaten without creating a chance, but with the way we are playing at the moment, particularly in an attacking sense, we have goals in us and we will go there aiming for back-to-back wins after the victory over Shelbourne last week.

“It will be a difficult game. Stephen Kenny has done a fantastic job there. They have had a very good season and were very unlucky not to reach a cup final. It’s a huge game for us as we aim to secure a sixth-place finish. We’ve been on a good run and we would like to maintain that form until the end of the season.”

Dan Murray returns from suspension for Cork and there are no fresh injury concerns in the squad.

With St Patrick’s Athletic having secured the title with two games to spare, tonight’s visit of Derry City to Richmond Park will see the official coronation of Liam Buckley’s squad but, across town in Dalymount Park, there will be a much more tense atmosphere as Bohemians host Bray Wanderers, with Shelbourne — who lost to Limerick on Wednesday night — all too acutely aware that if Bray draw or get a point against the Gypsies, then it will mean automatic relegation for the Tolka Park club.

In tonight’s other First Division game, struggling UCD play host to Shamrock Rovers at the UCD Bowl. All tonight’s games kick off at 7.45pm.

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