Paul Wycherley, General Manager of Cork City FC.
Paul Wycherley’s life path has taken him from the world of investment banking to a career in sport and football. After a period in the UK working for the likes of Millwall FC, Queens Park Rangers FC and AFC Wimbledon, he now returns to the Rebel City to take on the role of General Manager of Cork City FC.
Course/subjects studied in University College Cork
BSc Finance, 2000 – 2004
UCC Graduate of the Year 2004
Peel Memorial Award Recipient 2004
Best memory of UCC
Playing games with UCC Soccer Club – winning the AUL 3B league in final year as player/manager. Tramps Ball was my probably my favourite social night out of the year, as it was during Rag Week and I love fancy dress! Receiving my award for Graduate of the Year 2004, which still is, and always will be, one of my biggest achievements. Seeing how happy my mum was, made it all worthwhile. Without the sacrifices of my family, I wouldn’t have been able to have my accomplishments at UCC.
How has your time at UCC helped you to get to where you are now?
The process of learning, studying and especially conducting research has helped me in all of employment roles, and life skills in general. Going to, and graduating from UCC, gives you confidence, knowing that you are an Alumni of the best university in Ireland. UCC gave me a great bond with my class mates, and friends through various clubs, who are both close friends still and professional contacts. In every job application and interview, I gave referenced UCC at various levels, not just my degree award, but the skills I learned and my experiences in the clubs and societies I was involved in.
What is your advice to current UCC students?
To maximise your time in UCC. What I mean by this is not just to enjoy the social scene, but to immense yourself in university life. I would tell all students to get involved in at least 1 club and/or society, I got involved in both. Not only will you enjoy it, and make friends and contacts, but it will improve your employability.
What person/people at UCC had the most positive influence on you?
The senior people involved at UCC Soccer Club – John MacCarthy and Kieran Nestor. They were UCC Alumni, and helped the student run committees, and I’m forever grateful to them for their positive support and influence on me. My fellow Finance class mates also had a good influence on me, inside and outside the lecture theatre.
Were you involved in any Clubs or Societies?
I played for all my 4 years with UCC Soccer Club, and was involved in various committee and coaching roles for 3 years. These were my best experiences at UCC. I was also involved with UCC Athletics Club. At the same time, I remained participating with my local clubs in Kinsale. I was part of the setting up and running of E-Soc, the Entrepreneurship Society, and also very much involved for a couple of years with the Accounting and Finance Society.
Favourite UCC legend or superstition
I love the skull and crossbones on the UCC sports jerseys, and the various myths regarding its meaning. It’s not just famous in Ireland, but around the world. Everyone knows the superstition surrounding The Quad, and not walking through it or else you’ll fail your exams! I think the landscaping staff came up with that one, and as a fan of gardening myself, I would tell current students to adhere to this superstition.