Dundalk FC have this morning (Wednesday, September 2) confirmed that Alan Reynolds and John Gill have left the club – despite the latter announcing his departure from the club a week ago.
Reynolds subsequent departure was expected – he has not been present at Oriel Park since the new management team were brought in – and the announcement that he has left the club comes 12 days after Vinny Perth was removed as manager of the reigning SSE Airtricity League champions. Italian Filippo Giovagnoli was named as the club’s interim head coach on a deal until the end of the season last week.
Speaking to LouthNow.ie at his unveiling last week, Giovagnoli said that the club were in talks with opposition analyst Shane Keegan to stay in his role, but said he was unaware of any talks with Reynolds to continue in a role he only took up in late June. In this morning’s statement, the club thanked both Gill and Reynolds for their efforts and wished them well for the future.
‘Dundalk FC can confirm that John Gill and Alan Reynolds have both left Oriel Park,” the statement read. ‘Gill, who led the Lilywhites to promotion on a famous night in Kildare in 2008, returned to the club as first-team coach at the beginning of the 2019 season.
‘Working alongside manager Vinny Perth and assistant Ruaidhri Higgins, he helped Dundalk to the SSE Airtricity League title, the EA Sports Cup, the Unite the Union Cup, the President’s Cup and the FAI Cup final. Everybody at Oriel Park would like to thank ‘Giller’ for the hard work, dedication and loyalty he has shown Dundalk FC over the past two decades. He was a very popular figure at the club and we wish him well in the future.’
‘Reynolds leaves his role as assistant manager. The 46-year-old arrived at Oriel Park in June after spending three-and-a-half successful seasons at Waterford which saw the Blues win promotion in 2017 and secure a fourth-place finish two years later,’ it continued.
‘In July, he was appointed assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland U21 team where he will work alongside Jim Crawford and John O’Shea. We would like to thank Alan for his short stint at Oriel Park and wish him well, both with the U21 national squad and in the future.’
On Wednesday, Giovagnoli told the club’s official website that he was hopeful that Keegan – who holds a UEFA Pro License, a qualification Giovagnoli does not have – would become more of a presence on his background staff. “We would love to have him more often with us to work and help but it is a board decision,” he said.
Last Monday evening, Gill had made public his decision to leave the club on Twitter. “I felt I had no choice given recent events. I am extremely sad it has come to this,” he wrote. He and Reynolds had taken charge of the 1-3 defeat to Sligo Rovers 11 days ago.
Keegan, the former Wexford and Galway United manager, accompanied Giovagnoli and assistant Giuseppe Rossi to United Park on Saturday as the new Italian duo took in their first experience of domestic football in Ireland to see Derry City beat Drogheda United in the FAI Cup. Dundalk were pencilled in to face the Candystripes this weekend, but that game was called off due to international call-ups.
Lilywhites left back Darragh Leahy is in the Republic of Ireland Under 21 squad for a training camp this week. In July, Reynolds was named as assistant to new Under 21 boss Jim Crawford, where he will also work alongside John O’Shea.
*This article was updated at 2.05pm.