Bill Hulsizer has given a strong vote of confidence to Vinny Perth for the job he has done in managing Dundalk FC and hinted that a new contract could be forthcoming for the 43-year-old in the not-too-distant future.
After taking over from Stephen Kenny at the start of last season, Perth guided the club to the league and EA Sports Cup last season, only missing out on an historic treble only after losing to Shamrock Rovers on penalties in last November’s FAI Cup final.
PEAK6 have continued to back Perth with Serbian Stefan Colovic and Englishman Nathan Oduwa signed just before the league was halted back in March.
However, with Perth’s contract up at the end of this season, a new deal will have to be negotiated if the Dubliner is to extend his current spell at the club into a ninth year in 2021.
Asked was Perth the man to continue to lead the team into the future, Hulsizer said: “As long as he wants to be here we’re happy to have him but as soon as he wins the Champions League I’m sure one of the clubs in the Premier League will offer him a few million dollars to come and run their team.
“Then again if he wins the Champions League I might give him a couple of million dollars to stay,” laughed Bill.
“I’m an owner so I’ll say that football wages for coaches are running away but I’m sure everybody on the other side is saying we’re not getting enough and you know what? Neither of us are wrong, we’re just on different sides of the fence but somehow we manage to get along.
“I’m fortunate that I have a great coach, who is also a great humanitarian. He cares about his players, not because they’re earning him a pay cheque but because they’re good people and I think that goes from the apex of the team to the guy on the bottom of the totem pole and believe me, the guy at the bottom is just as important to me as the guy at the apex.”