Dundalk first team coach John Gill has announced he is departing the club, saying that "recent events" had left him with no choice. 

On Monday, it was reported that the reigning champions are set to announce Filippo Giovagnoli as their new manager, replacing the sacked Vinny Perth.

Giovagnoli was a former technical director of the AC Milan summer camps and was recently director of coaching at the Metropolitan Oval Academy in New York.

Gill, who took temporary charge of the side at the Showgrounds last weekend, this evening announced he was leaving the club. 

The first team coach tweeted "Today I left @DundalkFC. I felt I had no choice given recent events. I am extremely sad it has come to this. I wish the clubs staff, players & fans every success in the future."

Gill, who previously managed Dundalk in the noughties, was appointed as first team coach at the beginning of the 2019 season, and worked alongside Perth as the club claimed a fifth Premier Division title in six years. 

Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat after the loss to Sligo Rovers at the weekend, Gill said he felt that Perth deserved to see out the season and that the players were devastated by his departure, but gave no indication as to his own future at the club.