Dundalk boss Filippo Giovagnoli feels Neale Fenn’s departure from Cork City makes tonight’s trip (Tuesday) to Turner’s Cross more difficult than it would have been.
Fenn parted company with the Rebels last week after a poor run of form which currently sees them prop up the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table.
Another former City favourite, Colin Healy, has stepped into the breach to try and prevent the club from relegation to the First Division.
While he got off to a losing start in going down 3-0 away to Bohemians on Friday evening, Giovagnoli said a change of management had the potential to galvanise the Cork players ahead of the visit of their old rivals to the Cross.
“When you change a manager, players want to show the new manager how good they are,” he said.
“You expect a reaction. Usually it’s an emotional reaction because the new manager cannot implement exactly what he wants to in a side in a week or two but the players can still react and that’s more psychologically and mentally.
“I’m expecting a tough game but when are we going to get an easy game? That’s not going to happen for many reasons. It won’t be an easy game so we have to be prepared.”
Darragh Leahy will miss the trip to Cork as he is with the Republic of Ireland U-21 squad ahead of their European Championship qualifier against Italy. Fellow left back Dane Massey is the only injury absentee with a long-term issue.