Dundalk have announced that assistant manager Vinny Perth has signed a new contract at the club.
Speaking to dundalkfc.com on his new deal Perth said: “It’s a big decision for me and and my family to move from full-time employment to full-time football.
“I want to thank the owners, the chairman Mike Treacy and the executive team who have backed me by offering this opportunity.
“I am five and a half years at the club. Ultimately I want to thank Stephen in particular. He brought me in from non-league football when he came in and he has backed my personal development. He has given me time to grow and allowed me to become the coach I am today. Him and the club feel that I have justified this deal. That means a lot. I have worked with some amazing players over the past five and a half years.
“You are only as good as the people you work with. Stephen has been like a big brother to me. I have had the best seat in the house in Irish football for the last five and a half years. It has been some journey and I really want to thank Stephen for that.
“We are a full-time Club now. We are looking to kick on. We are seeing the benefit of being full-time. It is midseason. Things have gone quite well. We have brought in some new players. They are very exciting.
“The future is bright at Dundalk.”
The Club’s Chief Executive Mal Brannigan (pictured above with Perth) added: “I’m delighted that the club has been able to reach an agreement with Vinny on a long-term deal. He has been fundamental to the unprecedented success of Dundalk FC over the past five years and to have persuaded him to commit his future on a full-time basis underlines both his and the club’s desire to keep the momentum going.
“It’s a big decision for him and his family to move away from a secure job and his willingness to be a part of the team’s future growth and development is very much appreciated by both the board and myself.”
Stephen Kenny said: “In our 5 1/2 years at Dundalk Vinny has done a terrific job as assistant manager and he has been very much an integral part of our success since he started from day one with us. He is always looking to improve and is a great confidant to the players.
“Vinny is a very dedicated individual and has a very high level of professionalism. I’m very pleased that he going to continue working with the club for the next few seasons.”