Turbulent week for Dundalk FC

It’s been a turbulent week up in Oriel Park with now former manager Vinny Perth departing the scene after a 3-0 loss to NK Celje in last week’s Champion’s League qualifier. Club owners Peak 6 wasted little time in telling Perth his time at the club was up with a club statement coming out less than 24 hours after that damaging defeat thanking Perth for his service to the club.
“We would like to thank Vinny for the hard work he has put in over the past seven-and-a-half years at Oriel Park. The success that he helped bring to the club as assistant manager and, subsequently, as head coach and manager, will never be forgotten and we wish him well for the future.” read the statement.
Vinny who joined the club in 2013 was an integral part of the club’s success working alongside Stephen Kenny as Dundalk enjoyed one of the most successful periods in their history. When Kenny left Oriel Park in 2018 to take over the Irish U21’s Perth stepped up to become first team coach before leading Dundalk to a league, league cup and President’s cup victories. He was just a penalty shootout away from also winning the FAI Cup in what can only be described as a near flawless start to his managerial career.
However, since the league restarted in July Dundalk have been in poor form failing to win any of their opening three games and that coupled with the club’s Champions League exit saw Perth shown the exit door by Peak 6.
Dundalk fans were still digesting the news of Perth’s departure when they were hit with another bombshell on Monday when it was reported that the club had asked little known Italian Filippo Giovagnoli to take over the reins. Giovagnoli has previously been technical director of AC Milan’s Junior Camps but was most recently director of coaching at the Metropolitan Oval Academy in New York.
It is understood he will be assisted by fellow Italian Giuseppe Rossi, who was also with him at the Metropolitan Oval Academy. The pair were reported to have arrived at Oriel Park yesterday morning where they met with staff and players ahead of the club’s next game this Sunday away to Cobh in the FAI Cup.

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