Undoubtedly one of the League of Ireland’s most honest, straight-shooting and passionate pundits, Soccer Republic’s Alan Cawley last night declared there is “genuine needle” between Sunday’s FAI Cup finalists, Dundalk FC and Cork City. Cawley, a former Dundalk player himself, was speaking on Between the Stripes LOI podcast, who were recording their final show of the 2018 season, an “FAI Cup Final Special”.
“There’s been a few shots fired this week but I don’t that’s a bad thing, there is genuine needle between both teams. I think the managers, the clubs, both sets of players genuinely don’t like each other but I think it’s been good for the rivalry.”
As referenced by Cawley, who will be part of RTE’s panel at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, both Stephen Kenny and John Caulfield have traded blows in the media ahead of their latest meeting and 2004 League of Ireland winner Cawley went on to give his thoughts on the Cork City managers claims regarding Dundalk’s transfer policy.
“I wasn’t too sure about John’s comments (that Dundalk are signing players they don’t need), it’s not like he’s working off a limited budget himself, he’s well able to sign plenty of players himself. In fairness to Stephen Kenny, I don’t think he’s extravagant in his spending, he’s fully entitled to spend what he wants but when you look back at his record, they haven’t been extravagant signings at all, he’s just built up a brilliant squad.”
To hear Alan Cawley’s thoughts on Sunday’s FAI Cup Final in full, why not use the Audioboom player below to catch last night’s Between the Stripes LOI podcast. Cawley’s interview starts around 34:27 into the show.