Sunday 26 February 2017

Fenlon resigned to remaining on at Bohs

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

PAT FENLON will spend this week preparing for the beginning of pre-season training with Bohemians after any hopes of reviving his move to Dundee United evaporated.

The 40-year-old sought legal advice on Saturday to see if unpaid bonus issues would give him cause to argue that his Dalymount Park contract had been breached, with the SPL side indicating they might be prepared to wait after ending compensation negotiations with Bohemians on Friday with the two clubs poles apart.

However, Fenlon was informed that he could not go down that path -- a scenario that he wished to avoid in the first place until it became clear it stood between him and the Tannadice job -- meaning that he must now concentrate on aiming for a third successive League of Ireland title with the Gypsies.

Bohs wanted over £200,000 for his services but Dundee United were willing to offer only £100,000.

The Gypsies begin pre-season training on Friday, and Fenlon will be there after acknowledging that he was tempted by the Scottish opportunity.

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"I was very interested in the Dundee United job but it had to be right for all parties and unfortunately that wasn't the case," he said. "I have always enjoyed working with Bohs and I will be getting on with my job.

"While I didn't seek to leave Bohs, it's true that when the opportunity at Dundee United arose, I was interested. But I said that I would go only on the basis that everything to do with the deal was right for all parties concerned.

"When I went over there to meet them, I found it to be a very good club with very good people in charge of everything. I had a look at all the facilities, I was impressed by everything to do with Dundee United so, yes, I was very interested in the job. But it is not to be now."

Meanwhile, Sean Connor will be unveiled as Galway United's new manager this afternoon.

The 42-year-old replaces Ian Foster, who ironically replaced Connor at Dundalk last month.

Connor, who also previously managed Sligo Rovers and Bohemians, faces a race against time to put together a squad ahead of the March 5 kick-off.

Irish Independent

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