Ndo gives medals to O'Neill
THE Irish soccer community has heaped praise on veteran midfielder Joseph Ndo after he offered to put three of his highly-valued medals up for auction to help out his former team-mate Gary O'Neill.
O'Neill was diagnosed with testicular cancer earlier this year and pals have rallied round to raise funds for the Drogheda United man, with a large batch of League of Ireland players taking part in a sponsored cycle ahead of last Sunday's FAI Cup final.
Ndo, who won his third FAI Cup medal for Sligo, has now decided to put that medal up for auction, along with medals he won with Cameroon.
Ndo was given a medal for taking part in the 2002 World Cup finals and also the African Cup of Nations but all three will be sold off for the O'Neill fund.
FAHEY GETS GAME TIME
KEITH FAHEY took a major step forward in his recovery from injury as he scored for Sheffield United in a reserve game.
Fahey (30) has been without a club since he left Birmingham City at the end of last season as he focused on his rehab following surgery on a groin injury, but he has been training with the Blades for some time and he was pleased to line out for their U21/reserve side yesterday.
"Played 1st reserve game back today for #sufc !! Won 3-1 at Barnsley.. Managed a goal & a little assist.. another step towards full fitness," Fahey said on Twitter.
CORK JOB GOES TO CAULFIELD
CORK CITY have confirmed John Caulfield as their new manager today after he beat off some stiff competition – including Glenn Roeder – to land the Turner's Cross post.
Caulfield is one of the all-time legends at Cork City and, since he retired from playing, he has been a successful manager with UCC. That attracted the interest of the City board, who have been looking for a permanent manager since the exit of Tommy Dunne earlier this year.
A total of 51 applications were received by Cork, with ex-West Ham, Newcastle and Norwich boss Roeder among those who applied.