Filippo Giovagnoli might be able to influence how the rest of Dundalk’s season works out but the new interim head coach has no say at the moment over who will be at Oriel Park next year.

The Italian was brought in a fortnight ago on a short-term deal until the end of the season following Vinny Perth’s sacking.

With no guarantees he will be here beyond November, that has left question marks over who will negotiate with the 18 or so players out of contract at the end of the season.

Asked would he have any input in this process, Giovagnoli said: “I don’t know nothing about that.

“It’s better for me to just have my mind on working with the players on the field.”

Giovagnoli did say he was hoping to give opposition analyst Shane Keegan a more prominent role on his staff after the departures of John Gill and Alan Reynolds were confirmed by the club last week.

“Shane has to speak to the club,” he told

“We shall see what happens. We would love to have him more often with us to work and help but it is a board decision.”