Filippo Giovagnoli remains calm about his future at Dundalk FC and says he has a contract ‘in the computer’ to extend his stay at Oriel Park.
The Italian was an interim appointment to replace Vinny Perth when he arrived in Ireland in August but chairman Bill Hulsizer later indicated that he would be offered the job on a full-time basis having guided the Lilywhites to the group stages of the Europa League.
With domestic form dipping of late, a number of fans have expressed the view that Giovagnoli should not be the club’s manager next season and until a deal is signed that remains a possibility.
However, speaking after Monday’s 2-0 defeat to Sligo Rovers said he expected to be here next year but admitted there were bigger things to discuss right now.
“My own situation is really clear. I have my contract in the computer,” he said.
“That’s not a problem. My situation was never the problem.
“There are other things that we are discussing with the club and we’ll see what’s going to happen. I want to help the club to be better and I have an idea of what it could be. There is a lot to do and a lot to discuss but of course I am a manager, I am a coach, I can’t make decisions on strategy and stuff. This is not my duty.”
While he said the decision would ultimately rest with the board, Giovagnoli hinted he would like to work alongside a CEO or Director f Football so that he could concentrate primarily on coaching.
“These are decisions that the club are going to make to see what is going to be the next structure of the club. Let’s see but I think that’s something that could help in a football structure but let’s see.
“It’s about what the club is going to decide to do in their strategy. The work starts this week.”
When pressed on whether there was a possibility of him moving to a technical director role rather than being the coach next season, Filippo said: “I didn’t discuss my role being different to this.”