Saturday 21 January 2017

Fenlon set to lead new Waterford era

Published 29/11/2016 | 02:30

Fenlon has been linked with a Director of Football post, but it’s believed that his specific role is to be worked out in final negotiations. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Fenlon has been linked with a Director of Football post, but it’s believed that his specific role is to be worked out in final negotiations. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

Waterford will this week confirm the shape of the managerial team that will lead a new era for the club with Pat Fenlon and Alan Reynolds pencilled in for leading roles.

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The First Division side are under new ownership after being taken over by former Irish underage international and current Swindon Town owner/chairman Lee Power.

His regime has kicked off with a significant change by dropping the 'United' from the club's name and restoring the old club crest that was used during the glory days when the Blues were simply known as Waterford.

But the key to success will be the major announcements that the club hope to roll out over the next week.

Fenlon has been linked with a Director of Football post, but it's believed that his specific role is to be worked out in final negotiations. He has been out of work since leaving Shamrock Rovers last July.

The Dubliner is set to work alongside Reynolds, a former Waterford player and manager who was just 30 when he led the club to the FAI Cup final in 2004. They suffered a painful loss to Longford Town.

He subsequently worked as Stephen Kenny's assistant at Derry City and on the backroom staff at St Patrick's Athletic and was appointed as Assistant First Team Coach by Cork City earlier this year.

Waterford have also made progress on recruiting new players and are close to confirming some signings with a view to making a strong push for promotion.

Meanwhile, St Patrick's Athletic have confirmed that long-serving right-back Ger O'Brien has taken up two new roles with the Inchicore outfit.

He has been appointed Director of Football for the Saints' underage section and will also be involved with Liam Buckley's coaching team for 2017.

The 32-year-old intends to play on while juggling his new responsibilities; he has been working with the underage section at Leinster Senior League side St Francis.

Irish Independent

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