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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Bohs face fresh turmoil as Fenlon eyes exit door

Published 28/03/2011 | 05:00

THE end is nigh for Pat Fenlon's tenure as manager of Bohemians, with the Dubliner set to leave his post once discussions take place with the board this week.

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Fenlon, who has been strongly linked with a scouting role at Celtic, is believed to have grown increasingly frustrated by the uncertain off-the-field situation at Dalymount Park.

He was tight-lipped on his situation after Friday night's loss to Galway, a game that he concluded with a lengthy acknowledgement of home supporters.

Fenlon stayed at the helm throughout a turbulent winter in Phibsborough, where the club he led to the league title in 2008 and '09 survived a winding-up order due to unpaid wages.

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Huge cutbacks were necessary to put a team on the pitch for this season, and there are elements within Bohs who believe it is necessary to go further and revert to an all-amateur set-up.

That would put the manager's position in jeopardy anyway, considering his determination to remain in the game in a full-time capacity.

Fenlon was denied the opportunity to take over in charge of Scottish Premier League side Dundee United last year when his employers held out for more compensation.

However, financial truths in Dublin 7 have hit home over the past 12 months, with the club feeling the effects of their aborted attempts to move to a new home and associated legal struggles.

At last week's AGM, Chris Brien was appointed as the new president of the members-run club.

Brien had only resigned as financial director last month, amid disagreement over the budget for the coming year.

Fenlon has mulled over walking away at several junctures in a crisis-ridden period, but the indications are that he will sever his ties and move onto a new challenge.

Bohs' next game is away to St Patrick's Athletic on Friday in front of the live television cameras.

The players, who are in the dark about the general situation, are scheduled to return to training today.

Fenlon's new-look team have taken seven points from their opening four league matches and lie second in the table behind Shamrock Rovers.

Irish Independent

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