Dundalk FC are set to step up their pursuit of a new assistant manager this week following RuaidhrĂ­ Higgins’ recent departure to join Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland setup.

With the club now back in training and hopeful of seeing competitive action again next month, manager Vinny Perth has spoken to a number of candidates both within and outside Ireland in recent days with the view of making an appointment soon.

One of those he has spoken to is current Waterford FC boss Alan Reynolds.

A former assistant to Kenny at Derry City, Reynolds was the initial favourite for the job after a favourable meeting with Perth last Wednesday but The Argus understands he has now slipped down the pecking order and his appointment at this stage is unlikely.

Any appointment would have no impact on current first team coach John Gill, who remains on the club staff and was back at Oriel Park on Monday for the club’s return to training following the Covid-19 lockdown.

While it is understood that Dundalk FC received compensation for Higgins from the FAI following his departure to take up his new role as Chief Scout and Opposition Analyst for the national team last month, club chairman Bill Hulsizer refused to confirm this to The Argus on Sunday.

Asked could he say if compensation had been secured for Higgins, Hulsizer said: “No. That’s between the FAI and the finance people.”