Former DPMM FC man Gamble leaves Cork City

Fadhil Yunus

Former DPMM FC midfielder Joe Gamble (pic right) has stepped down from his role as the assistant manager of Cork City FC following the departure of manager Neale Fenn from the club.

Gamble joined as part of Fenn’s coaching team last November in his return to his boyhood club after a decade but the club had a disappointing campaign that season in the League of Ireland Premier Division after finishing at the bottom of the table.

The 38-year-old, who won the league as a player with the Irish outfit in 2005, has been recognised for his work in strength and conditioning during his time as a coach after hanging up his boots.

“Obviously, I played with Joe here at City (Cork City) and I know the type of character he is. He’s a winner and he’s also a highly qualified and respected strength and conditioning coach as well,” said former Cork City manager Fenn following his appointment last year.

However, the season proved difficult and Cork City were eventually relegated to the League of Ireland First Division following their 2-1 loss to Sligo Rovers and coupled with nearest rivals’ Finn Harps’ victory at Bohemians.

Fenn was succeeded by interim head coach Colin Healy to take charge for the remaining five games.

Gamble endeared himself to the Brunei faithful after making his name as a midfield lynchpin for DPMM FC.

With a keen eye on fitness, Gamble also worked alongside former head coach Steve Kean while also playing for the club.

He won his first major silverware with the Gegar Gegar men in the Singapore League Cup during his first season in 2014 before adding the Singapore league title a year later.

The Cork-born scored one goal and made 46 league appearances with the Brunei-based outfit.

Gamble has also had experience playing in England during his career when he lined up for Reading, Barnet and Hartlepool United. Prior to joining DPMM FC, he played for Limerick FC from 2011 to 2013.

On the international stage, he was selected for the Republic of Ireland national team twice in friendly matches against Ecuador and Bolivia in 2007.