Former Cork City player, skipper and manager Dave Barry has ruled himself out of taking on the role of first- team boss with the new Foras-owned club, which has yet to be named.
That leaves Roddy Collins, Liam Murphy and John Caulfield as the front-runners for the job, which is set to be filled in the next 24 hours.
If Roddy can work with Foras’s reduced budget he will be favourite for the job. If not, either Liam Murphy or John Caulfield are set to be unveiled.
Barry, who has a plumbing and heating business and is an analyst with RTÉ, said he simply could not devote the time to the job, even in a part-time capacity.
But one of the club’s greatest players effectively backed the retention of Roddy Collins, saying it would be unwise and detrimental to make a change at this late stage.
Tommy Dunne and Stuart Ashton will also be contacted in the next 24 hours as Foras have to have a manager, a club doctor and a physio in place by 5pm tomorrow to meet the licensing requirements and ensure they can play this season.
“I am delighted Foras got the licence and only for their initiative and endeavour the club might not have survived,” Dave Barry said.
“I think they need to go with and adopt the Shamrock Rovers model now and I wish them well."
And Barry called for the 2,500 strong hardcore fanbase to come out and support the team in their first home game — a Munster derby with Stephen Henderson’s Waterford United on March 12.
“Gate receipts and the goodwill of the people is what will keep the club afloat now and the fans really need to rally around.
“Foras are genuine football people. They have the club at heart and the steps they have taken already prove that to me.
“I have no doubt but they will get all the support they deserve and need to make it work,” said Barry, just 48 hours before the league’s official launch in Dublin.
On the playing front, Bosnian striker Faz Kuduzovic has moved to Galway United and goalkeeper Dan Connor has joined St Pat’s.
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