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Football | Cork City part ways with Neale Fenn

Cork City have parted ways with manager Neale Fenn.

The Leesiders are enduring a miserable season, and are bottom of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division with five league games remaining.

Fenn, who took over at Turner's Cross in August 2019, will be replaced by Colin Healy for the remainder of the season. Fenn's assistant Joe Gamble has also left his role with the club.

Relegation-threatened Cork have won just four of 22 games under Fenn, and are two points behind Finn Harps with a game in hand.

“On behalf of the board, I’d like to thank Neale for his service and commitment to the club over the last year," Cork chairman Declan Carey said.

"He has helped us bring about major structural changes which will benefit the club long term and for that, we are grateful. Sadly, this year has had a number of impactful events which have derailed a lot of our plans. We are now in a battle to stay in the division.

"There are 15 points to play for and we hope now that that everyone will band together for what will be a hugely important three-week period for the whole club."

It has been a tumultuous week for Cork, with midfielder Daire O'Connor departing as a free agent on Monday.

Fenn says he is disappointed to leave, but has wished the club all their best.

"I'm disappointed to be leaving the club earlier than expected," Fenn said.

"I’d like to thank my backroom team and the club’s staff for all their help over the last year and also the fans who welcomed me back to the club last year with open arms.

"It’s been a very difficult season for all League of Ireland clubs and I wish Cork City FC all the best for the remainder of the season and will be keeping a very close eye on the last five games."

Next up for Cork is a trip to Bohemian FC on Friday, before hosting Dundalk at Turner's Cross four days later.


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