Worst kept secret in football confirmed as Neale Fenn is the new Cork City head coach

Neale Fenn has, unsurprisingly been appointed as Cork City’s new head coach on what is a “three-year plan” to return City to a competitive level at the top of the League of Ireland Premier Division table.

Fenn resigned from his position as Longford Town manager last week and watched City get knocked out of the FAI Cup by Galway United at Eamonn Deasy Park on Friday night.

He has also been assistant manager at Leyton Orient and Drogheda United.

The 42-year-old London-native won the League of Ireland Premier Division with City back in 2005 during a three-year spell on Leeside as a player.

He takes over from John Cotter who was appointed on an interim basis as head coach on May 2nd after John Caulfield’s departure. Fenn joined up with the rest of the management team this morning for their first training session together.

“I can’t wait to get going now. I’ve met the backroom team, a lot of who I know from my playing and coaching career,” Fenn told City’s club website.

“We’re committed now to finishing the season as high as we can in the league. There’s a very strong group of players here. The spine of the team is Cork City through and through, you need that to be successful.

Fenn, who played with Spurs in the Premier League will take charge of his first game at home to Sligo Rovers on Friday night. The 2017 double-winners were knocked out of the FAI Cup last Friday night, are currently seventh in the Premier Division and are realistically out of contention for the European places.

Fenn leaves Longford Town with the club in third place in the League of Ireland First Division and well in contention for the play-offs with three games left to play this season.

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