Dundalk head coach Vinny Perth insists there is no pressure on him to qualify for the group stages in Europe this year or next.

Speaking ahead of the Champions League second qualifying round tie with Qarabag, the 42-year-old said owners PEAK6 were interested in more than just a European breakthrough.

He made the comments in the wake of a “very positive” meeting with PEAK6 owner Matt Hulsizer, pictured above, before Dundalk’s penalty shoot-out victory over Riga FC in Latvia last week.

Asked to elaborate on that meeting, Perth said: “It was nothing more than I hadn’t met him and we had a meeting about the future of the club.

“He was very open in terms of what his intentions with the club are and to be honest with you it just filled me with confidence that this is not something they’ve taken on a wing and a prayer.

“They’re here for a good length of time and as much as they’re chasing European football it isn’t the be-all and end-all and it’s not what the club is based on. We don’t have to be in the group stages this year or next year.

“The club is on a really sound footing. He’s just an inspiring person outside of football and he just filled us with confidence to say we’re going in the right direction,” said Perth.