Richie Holland to take over as Cork City boss until end of the season

Richie Holland has vowed to try and turn Cork City’s fortunes between now and the end of the season.

The former assistant manager will assume the role as City boss until the end of the season in a bid to keep the club afloat in the top-flight.

And his appointment will see Liam Buckley return to his role as Sporting Director, the job he was initially appointed as in May.

“We know that this is not where Cork City should be, and we know that recent performances have not been good enough,” Holland said. “As a collective, we need to get back to the basics that we and our supporters expect from a Cork City team.

“We need to show more hunger and more fight. We need to be a hard team to play against.

“We know that we have good players here at the club and we have a lot of lads who are from Cork or have come through the academy who know what this club means to people.

“Starting with Friday’s game against St. Pat’s, we want to put a team out on the pitch that will give everything for the Cork City crest on the jersey – who will fight for everything and who the fans will get behind.”

Cork City owner Dermot Usher also said: “Liam brings a lot to the club but we are conscious that results have not been what we need in recent games.

“Following internal discussions, we feel it is best to make this change now as we go into the last six games of the season.

“Liam will now go back to focusing on the role of Sporting Director which was the role in which he originally joined us to focus on player and manager recruitment.”