Dundalk boss Filippo Giovagnoli has admitted he is motivated by the chance to silence doubters who poured scorn on his appointment as his side face into their Europa League date with destiny.
The Italian leads his team into tonight's Aviva Stadium encounter with Faroese underdogs KI Klaksvik knowing that victory would be a spectacular vindication of his month's work after his left field arrival.
Dundalk owners Peak6 tasked Giovagnoli with European progress when he replaced Vinny Perth and the club will collect an extra €3m if they succeed in this one-off tie. The 49-year-old noted derision that greeted his arrival.
"I have a few knives in my back still that I want to take away," he said.
"This is soccer. This is life. You have to accept they are sceptical about you.
"They were right. I came here. Nobody knows me. I accept it. Of course I know (who said what), it's part of my motivation every day.
"But I'm always kind and gentle with everyone," he added, smiling.