Fenlon waits for exit terms

Bohs given 72 hours to agree deal with frustrated boss

Aidan Fitzmaurice

BOHEMIANS have been given 72 hours to come up with a package to secure the departure of Pat Fenlon from the manager's post after a meeting last night between the Gypsies boss and the board.

Fenlon took charge of the usual training session at Dalymount Park last night and will also be at the helm for another session this evening, but it's unlikely that the 42-year-old will still be in charge for Friday's league game at home to St Patrick's Athletic.

He has made up his mind to leave Bohs in frustration at political rows at the club and is expected to formally quit the club on Thursday.

Fenlon held talks with three members of the Bohs board and while neither Fenlon nor the club have commented publicly, the Herald understands that Fenlon restated his desire to leave Dalymount Park and wants a deal to be finished as soon as possible.

The Bohs boss has two years left on his contract and is also owed a substantial amount over the non- payment of bonuses, though he is unlikely to hold the club to ransom over his departure terms.

The club's board will meet tomorrow night and are expected to agree a package, which will then be presented to the manager on Thursday to seal his exit.

If a deal is reached, assistant boss Liam O'Brien will then be in charge for the televised St Pats game, after which Bohs will begin the hunt for a successor -- though it is understood Fenlon has not ruled out the possibility of still being in charge for the Pats game.


"Pat said he won't leave us in the lurch," a source said. "If this isn't sorted by Friday he would be happy to take the team for the game. But his mind is made up and he wants to leave, it's just a matter of how we can do things.

"Pat has been a brilliant manager for the club but the heart of the matter is that the club just can't afford him any more, given how things are financially."

Current captain Owen Heary has been ruled out of contention to fill the post as he lacks the necessary coaching qualifications, so John Gill -- currently assistant boss at St Pats -- is an early favourite, while John McDonnell, Liam Buckley and Damien Richardson could also be in the frame to replace Fenlon.