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Sunday 23 July 2017

Fenlon in line for Scottish switch

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

BOHEMIANS manager Pat Fenlon has emerged as a serious candidate for the vacant position as manager of Dundee United.

Fenlon held discussions with United chairman Stephen Thompson yesterday. The SPL club have been searching for a successor to Craig Levein, who departed to take the Scotland job a fortnight ago.

Reports in the UK last night said that Thompson conducted separate interviews in London with ex-Dundee United midfielder Billy McKinlay and Fenlon, though the Dubliner was due to spend this week on holidays with his family.

Shamrock Rovers boss Michael O'Neill, another former Terrors player, has also been mentioned with Thompson declaring that he would be casting the net wide. St Johnstone boss, Derek McInnes, was the early favouritet.

Fenlon, who was in the frame for the vacant Peterborough job after the sacking of Darren Ferguson, has grown frustrated with the administration of the game here amid recurring financial crises.

He has delivered back-to-back titles in two seasons with Bohemians to follow up three earlier title wins with Shelbourne but, although he has completed deals with players for the 2010 season, the champions are still subject to a transfer embargo which means they cannot confirm new registrations until the FAI are officially satisfied they complied with Salary Cost Protocol.

United chairman Thompson previously indicated he would take advice from departed boss, Levein, when it came to the process of finding a replacement and the new Scotland boss is well aware of Fenlon's abilities.

Levein has monitored the League of Ireland scene closely in recent years, and picked up defender Sean Dillon from Fenlon's Shels in 2006 in addition to an aborted move for ex-Cork City striker, Roy O'Donovan.

Dundee United currently sit fourth in the SPL Premier Division, 16 points behind leaders Rangers. Derry City boss Stephen Kenny was the last Irishman to manage in the SPL, taking Dunfermline to the Scottish Cup final in 2007.

Irish Independent

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