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New Dundalk boss flies in for ‘kamikaze mission’

Italian Filippo Giovagnoli, the shock successor to departed Dundalk boss Vinny Perth, has described his new role as a “kamikaze mission” and urged friends to “pray” for him.

The news that Giovagnoli is set to arrive on a short-term deal has left players and staff at the League of Ireland champions scratching their heads.

He will be assisted in his first senior management role by his compatriot Giuseppe Rossi with the duo having worked together at a New York junior soccer academy.

Giovagnoli (49) spent his playing career in the Italian lower leagues, but coaching commitments have taken him to America where he worked
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Stephen Kenny undaunted as a bold new era beckons.

His ambition is, of course, to engineer victories, something there is pressure on him to do from day one due to the fixture list he has been handed. Getting to the European Championships is a particular goal, however.

“I think that we have to achieve something extraordinary,” he says of the play-offs. “We have got to get extraordinary results; win away in Slovakia and then win away in Bosnia or Northern Ireland, win two matches back-to-back against significant nations which we have not done in many, many years. We have not looked like doing it but we must do everything that we can to
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