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Saturday 20 September 2014

Pat Fenlon: Shamrock Rovers were one of the few clubs I'd come back to manage in Ireland

Published 07/08/2014 | 17:00

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Pat Fenlon after being unveiled as the new Shamrock Rovers manager
Pat Fenlon after being unveiled as the new Shamrock Rovers manager

Pat Fenlon has admitted that Shamrock Rovers were one of the only clubs that could attract him back to Ireland.

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Fenlon was unveiled as new Rovers boss today and has immediately set his sights on qualification for Europe, something Rovers have not achieved for the past two seasons.

"I’m delighted to be here, it’s taken a while but it’s probably one of the few clubs I’d come back to Ireland to manage and I’m very proud to be here today," said Fenlon.

“I’ve great history with the club, through my family, so I’m very proud and humbled to be working with the club.

“It’s interesting you know, they’ve struggled as such but they’re in the league cup final, still in the FAI Cup and, up to a few weeks ago, were just six points behind the league leaders.

“That probably shows you the size of the club and the expectations here so it’s a good time to come in.

“We’re in a good position, we obviously need a target to try and get to Europe.

“We haven’t been in Europe in a couple of seasons, that’s important from every aspect of the club - the supporters, financially, everything, but that’s our target, to win as many games as possible and see what happens.

Fenlon enjoyed huge success during his time with Bohemians but lasted less than six months when he moved to Derry City and he is confident all the elements are in place for a successful stint at Rovers.

“I’m here as the manager of the club, I know what the budget is so obviously think I can work with it.

“It’s about winning football matches, budgets don’t win them, you’ve got to make sure you go on the park and get a team that you think is capable of doing that with the resources you have and I firmly believe the resources we have here are good enough to win trophies."

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