Dundalk head coach Filippo Giovagnoli said he is looking forward to working with the club’s new sporting director Jim Magilton.

Giovagnoli was not in attendance on Monday when the former IFA Elite Performance Director started work at Oriel Park but met him on a number of occasions last week and had numerous Zoom calls with him over the weekend.

He told The Argus on Sunday that he was very excited by what the former Northern Irish international could bring to the table at Oriel Park.

“I’ve met him and I think he is a strong character,” said Giovagnoli.

“He is a knowledgeable man on football, he has a lot of experience and I think he will be a big help for me to learn and to be better as a coach and manager so I’m looking forward to the start of the season.

“We’re talking about a guy who played professionally, coached and was in important managerial roles with the Northern Irish federation so his appointment can only bring good things to us to help the club to develop, to develop a strategy and to develop a way that Dundalk should go in the future.

“Players and coaches will move but Dundalk will always be there. It’s not about the players and the coaches, it’s about the culture of the club, the philosophy and what Dundalk wants to do in the future. This is the most important thing to create and I think Dundalk needs to do that. He will help to start this process.”

Giovagnoli said he would also discuss with Magilton the possibility of adding to his backroom team.

“We’ll see. I have to discuss with Jim about that.

“The staff are the foundation and I have an excellent staff to be honest but if we can make some additions or get some help to give us a better quality in practice then I’ll discuss that with Jim. Let’s see.

“Everything is in discussion right now. We have a new sporting director and we will need to work with him on all the situations going forward.”