Dundalk boss Filippo Giovagnoli has revealed that the first he heard of Steve Williams’ departure as the club’s goalkeeping coach was via social media.
The Welshman confirmed to The Argus on Friday that he was set to depart Oriel Park having been part of the backroom team under Stephen Kenny, then Vinny Perth and finally Giovagnoli since 2013.
During that time Williams, who initially arrived in Dundalk as an Eddie May signing in 1997, helped the club to land five league titles to add to the five he won as a player with Shelbourne.
Work commitments are understood to be the reason for the Welshman’s decision but Giovagnoli is understood to be anxious to change his mind.
Asked about Williams’ exit, the Italian said: “I found this out on social media then I called him and now I’m trying to discuss with him what’s going on so we’ll see what he wants to do.
“He didn’t tell me he was leaving, I found out through social media so that is something that I need to discuss with him.
“I think he has something with his work but we really like Steve. He was part of our journey here. We’d be happy if he stayed but let’s see.
“You don’t want to keep people working with you if they don’t want to do it. They should move on. It’s not the end of the world. What is important is the club, Dundalk, not the individuals.
“The individuals are going to change and are going to leave but the club is going to stay there. I always say that. The objective of Dundalk is to build a strong club that is going to stay there and consolidate their position in the future. This is the idea in my opinion.”
It is understood that the club’s head of youth development, Mick Neville, has also departed while Chief Operating Officer Martin Connolly is on gardening leave at present while the club determine if there is a continued role for him at Oriel Park following Jim Magilton’s arrival as sporting director.
In better news for some of the staff and volunteers at the club, Darren Crawley was last week named the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Press Officer of the Year for a fifth time while the club’s website was named the best in the country.