Colin Healy has been appointed as the new head coach of Cork City FC. 

The former Ireland international, who made over 150 first team appearances for the club as a player, has been in charge of the Leesiders' academy for the past three seasons and took interim charge of the first team following the departure of Neale Fenn in October. 

Cork were relegated to the First Division at the end of last season.

"I am thrilled to get this deal done, it’s a huge opportunity and the hard work starts now," said 40-year-old Healy, who played for Celtic, Sunderland and Ipswich among others.

"Myself and John Cotter will now get to work and start speaking to players as soon as possible." 

"I expect us to be competitive. There’s a lot of good, loyal players, going to be playing for this club next season, and it’s my job to get the most out of them and play a style of football that gets us the results we need.

"We need to train hard and set a high-standard because this is a tough division, but we’re looking forward to the challenge." 

Club chairman Declan Carey said: "As a club, we need to set ourselves higher standards, and Colin is going to be critical part of that on the football-side of the business.

"Myself and the board will support in whatever way we can, and we're excited to see what he can do with a talented bunch of young players for the next season."

On Tuesday, the club urged the Munster FA and the FAI "to reach a solution" with Grovemoor Limited less than a week after their proposed takeover of the club appeared to fall through. 

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