The Dundalk managerial vacancy is set to be filled imminently with a combination of Jim Magilton and Dave Rogers leading the race, but former Lilywhites boss Vinny Perth remains in the mix for chairman Bill Hulsizer.

It had been expected over the weekend that the Co Louth club would stick with former Northern Irish international Magilton, who has been interim charge of the side for the last nine matches following the respective departures of Shane Keegan and Filippo Giovagnoli in April.

It had been anticipated that the former Ipswich Town and QPR boss would be left in charge for the remainder of the campaign with former Shelbourne defender Dave Rogers brought in to assist him.

The Liverpool native, who resides in Dundalk, has just returned to Ireland from a spell coaching in American with FC Arizona.

As well as working with the Liverpool academy in the past, Rogers has also been assistant manager to the Indian national team and coached Indian side DSK Shivajians.

Dave Rogers

While that looked a done deal on Monday with personal terms being discussed with Rogers, former boss Perth - who was sacked by the Lilywhites last August after the club's 3-0 defeat to NK Celje in the Champions League - is continuing to push for a return to Oriel Park.

The 44-year-old had looked the favourite for the position at one stage last week but there are questions over whether his return would be a popular one in Oriel Park.

Perth has a close personal relationship with club chairman Bill Hulsizer and revealed he had held discussions with him earlier this season.

While supporters had hoped for a more long-term and high-profile appointment, a short-term option is all that is likely as the club's American owners PEAK6 weigh up their future in Irish football.

Cuts to what is the biggest budget in the SSE Airtricity League are expected over the coming months with a number of players expected to be moved on next month.

The decision comes at a time in which the Chicago-based firm have announced an investment in AS Monaco to establish a professional women's team with company founders Matt Hulsizer, son of Dundalk chairman Bill, and his wife Jennifer appointed co-chairpersons of the new club.

A statement from the principality outfit said: "The club will benefit from a robust budget with the hope of enticing more and more women of all ages to play soccer and the ambition to join the elite of French Soccer in the years to come."

Another protest against PEAK6's running of Dundalk FC and calling for Bill Hulsizer to step down as chairman is expected before Friday's home match against Waterford FC at Oriel Park.