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Fenlon considers future after 'shambolic' defeat

Published 22/07/2010 | 05:00

Bohemians manager Pat Fenlon leaves the field with defender Brian Shelley after their humiliating defeat on Tuesday night.
Bohemians manager Pat Fenlon leaves the field with defender Brian Shelley after their humiliating defeat on Tuesday night.

HAVING squandered the chance to pick up €500,000 by advancing in the Champions League, Bohemians are resigned to having to cull their squad.

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Bohemians boss Pat Fenlon has described their 4-0 second leg defeat to Welsh champions TNS as one of the most "embarrassing" episodes in his managerial career.

The League of Ireland champions took a 1-0 advantage from the opening leg in Dalymount Park and a result in the second leg would have earned them a lucrative third qualifying round meeting with Belgian side Anderlecht.

But after their dismal exit, Fenlon has admitted they will be forced to axe players to cut the wage bill -- and he has even hinted that he's considering his own position.

"It was shambolic. It was disastrous from start to finish and I feel embarrassed by what I saw," Fenlon said yesterday, as the team prepared to leave Oswestry and fly home. "I am very low today. I always try and put football in perspective, I have lost family and that is very hard to take.

"But last night was hard for me to swallow, I feel low and I did feel like walking away from it all. We need to have a look at everything, starting with my own position. I don't want to walk away, but we have to reassess everything.

"We will have to look at letting players go, and fairly soon. I will have a look at that over the next day or two and see where we stand. I don't want to let players go, but I think I will have to."

He added: "I need to talk to the people within the club. We will take stock and see where we want to go. We are struggling to carry on, so we need to sit down and take action."

Irish Independent

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