Vinny Perth is set for a sensational return as Dundalk FC manager less than 10 months after being sacked by the club.
The 44-year-old had guided the Lilywhites to the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, EA Sports Cup and Unite the Union Champions Cup in his debut season in charge in 2019 after stepping up from his role as Stephen Kenny's assistant following his departure for the Republic of Ireland setup.
However, failure to win any of the club's three league matches after the season resumed after being halted by Covid-19 coupled with a 3-0 Champions League defeat to NK Celje saw him axed by chairman Bill Hulsizer.
While his replacement Filippo Giovagnoli did guide the Lilywhites to the Europa League group stages as well as to an FAI Cup success last December, their poor league form of last season continued into this year with the Italian initially demoted - on paper at least - before but he and Shane Keegan departed the club in mid-April.
Sporting director Jim Magilton, who only arrived at Oriel Park before Christmas, has been in interim charge for the 12 matches since then but form has barely improved with the side dropping to eighth in the table following Friday's 3-1 defeat at home to Waterford FC.
Former Shelbourne defender Dave Rogers had been Magilton's pick to come in, initially as his assistant, but had looked set for the top job earlier on Monday after a meeting with club staff.
However, it appears that has been overruled Stateside by the club's American owners PEAK6 with Perth set to be re-instated soon.