Vinny Perth has pledged his immediate future to Dundalk FC, insisting he is not looking for work elsewhere.
The 43-year-old was briefly linked with the Republic of Ireland U-21 manager’s job at the weekend following his predecessor Stephen Kenny’s elevation to the senior role on Saturday.
However, speaking before the FAI announced the appointment of Jim Crawford to that position, Perth – who is out of contract at the end of the current season – said it would take more than the U-21 job to tempt him away from Oriel Park.
“I don’t want to sound arrogant but if Stephen Kenny wouldn’t take the U-21 job as Dundalk manager then why should I?
“I’ve that much pride in our club and where it’s going.
“I believe it’s going in the right direction. While it is an amazing achievement for whoever gets it – and I’d love to work in international football one day – why would I sell myself short now? I think I’m at the best club in the country at the moment so I’ve no interest in other jobs at the moment. I’m fully focused on Dundalk.”
Perth admitted he has long term goals in mind to progress his career but feels he can achieve them at Dundalk for the foreseeable future.
“I’m ambitious as any player is in football in terms of going to the highest level but I believe I’m at the right club to achieve my goals over the next couple of years.
“I believe this is the right club and I believe I work for the right directors.
“I think I’m in the best position at the right club so I’m not looking for any other opportunity at the moment.”
While wishing Kenny well in his new position as Republic of Ireland senior team manager, Perth said Dundalk FC and all involved with the club could take immense pride in the role they played in getting him there.
“I think as a club Dundalk should be very proud and our players should be very proud because I think the main reason Stephen got the job is because of the form of our club over the six year period that he was here so the players should take huge credit for that and also the massive part that our staff played,” he said.