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A tale of two bosses

Published 06/01/2010 | 05:00

Pat Fenlon v Stephen Kenny

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November 2006: Fenlon's Shelbourne pip Kenny's Derry City to the Premier Division title on goal difference after a thrilling title race.

December 2006: Kenny leads the Candystripes to FAI Cup success in his last game as boss after agreeing to take over as manager of Scottish Premier League strugglers Dunfermline. After the house of cards at Shelbourne collapses due to financial difficulties, Fenlon moves north as Kenny's replacement.

May 2007: Kenny is unable to save Dunfermline from relegation but takes them to the Scottish Cup final where they lose to Celtic. Meanwhile, after failing to settle in Derry and a series of poor results, Fenlon parts company with the Candystripes.

December 2007: With Dunfermline toiling in the Scottish First Division, Kenny is shown the door after just a year in charge. After a break from the game -- bar his duties with the Irish U-23 team -- Fenlon accepts the vacant post as manager of Bohemians. Later in the month, Kenny's return to Derry is confirmed.

November 2008: League winners Bohemians complete the double with an FAI Cup final penalty shoot-out win over Kenny's Derry after a thrilling encounter at the RDS.

June 2009: At the midpoint of the season, Derry are hot on the heels of Bohemians but both clubs have financial worries hanging over them as they enter a European campaign.

November 2009: While Bohs wrap up a second successive Premier Division title under Fenlon by pipping Shamrock Rovers, Derry's players go unpaid for the last months of the season and they are expelled from the league when contract irregularities emerge. Kenny's future is in extreme doubt.

January 2010: With his stock higher than ever, Dundee United approach Bohemians to speak to Fenlon about the manager's job at Tannadice0. Kenny prepares for life back in the First Division as Derry build from nothing.

Irish Independent

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