DUNDALK were said to be 'very close' to announcing the identity of their new manager on Tuesday afternoon, with Stephen Kenny expected to be named in the next day or two as Darius Kierans' successor.
The club had hoped to unveil their new boss on Monday, but a last-minute legal hitch apparently delayed the announcement. However, Dundalk insist they have learned their lessons from last year when they didn't appoint a new manager until Christmas, and Kenny - if confirmed as successor to Kierans - is expected to move within hours to begin signing players.
Meanwhile, the Lilywhites' confidence that they would be cleared of any wrongdoing in relation to Michael Rafter's registration proved well-founded when Waterford United's protest was dismissed by the FAI Disciplinary Committee last Wednesday.
The Blues, beaten in the recent Promotion/Relegation Play-off, had claimed that Rafter - scorer of the two decisive goals in the second leg - wasn't eligible to play because he wasn't signed from his previous amateur club within the transfer window, but Dundalk successfully argued that Waterford's interpretation of the rules was wrong.
The FAI released a statement after the hearing, part of which read: 'The Disciplinary Committee today heard submissions from Waterford United and Dundalk as well as the Airtricity League before reaching its decision.
'The Disciplinary Committee decided that the rules regarding registration and transfer of players allow for their movement from the amateur game to the professional game within the professional registration periods . . . and ruled that Michael Rafter's transfer to Dundalk complied with the rules and therefore he was eligible to play in the fixture on November 2, 2012.'
Waterford United still have the right to appeal last week's decision to the FAI Appeals Committee, but they haven't yet indicated their intentions and it would be a surprise if they did take the issue further.