Dundalk have confirmed that coach Filippo Giovagnoli has departed the club.

The Italian had exited on Sunday after his side's 1-1 draw against St Patrick's Athletic the previous day which leaves the club second-bottom of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division with no wins from the opening five games.

It follows Shane Keegan's departure as team manager, which the Lilywhites have also confirmed.

Giovagnoli's former assistant Giuseppe Rossi will remain part of the club's coaching team however.

In a statement, Dundalk said: "The club would like to thank Filippo for his hard work at Oriel Park over the past nine months.

"He has behaved with great dignity and professionalism throughout his time in Ireland and everyone at the club wishes him all the very best in the future.

"Giuseppe Rossi will remain at Dundalk FC as part of the coaching team.

"Dundalk FC can also confirm that Shane Keegan has left his position as team manager.

"Everyone at the club would like to thank Shane for his work during his time at Oriel Park and wishes him the very best in the future.

"The club will conduct a thorough recruitment process for a new manager and will not be making any further comment on the selection process until an appointment is made."

Giovagnoli first arrived in Ireland as an unknown from the Met Oval Academy in New York last August as an interim appointment following Vinny Perth's departure from Oriel Park.

He subsequently guided the Louth club to the group stages of the Europa League and secured silverware by clinching the FAI Cup against Shamrock Rovers in the Aviva Stadium last December.

That led to him being given the job on a permanent basis but just 41 days ago he was demoted from head coach to coach with Keegan named team manager as the club looked to get around the fact that the 50-year-old did not hold a Pro Licence - something which yielded a €50,000 fine from UEFA for the offence of 'shadow coaching' in the Europa League group stages.

Sporting director Jim Magilton was named as interim manager on the team sheet for the game with St Pat's on Saturday night but remained in the stand throughout the game at Oriel Park.