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Cork players call for action

CORK CITY’S players today called on club owner Tom Coughlan to walk away from the club immediately to give the crisis club any chance of survival.

This morning Cork confirmed that Coughlan had resigned as chairman and would facilitate handing over ownership to a new consortium, headed by local businessman Mick O’Connell.

But Coughlan is still the club owner and his resignation as chairman is not enough for angry Cork players, who have gone unpaid for 11 weeks, as they today demanded Coughlan’s immediate departure.

“We will be fully supportive of the new owners when the takeover goes through as we all want this club to survive and succeed. But we have to take a stand now as enough is enough, what has gone on is ridiculous,” Connor said this morning as his team-mates addressed the media at a press conference in the city .

“The players will not play a competitive game for the present owner, and the majority of the office staff have said they will not work for the present owner.

"There is an offer there for a takeover of the club and we feel that’s the best way forward. If not, there is a very good chance that this club could go out of business.”