PAT FENLON admits that he will have to ditch players from his Bohemians squad - and even consider his own position as manager - in the aftermath of last night's Champions League exit in Wales.
Bohs were this morning counting the cost - at least €500,000 - of their failure to beat Welsh champions The New Saints. The 4-0 defeat for the Gypsies was one of the most embarrassing results ever achieved by an Irish team in European competition, TNS marching into the third qualifying round and a meeting with Belgian side Anderlecht.
Fenlon didn't pull any punches in analysing his team's collapse, using words like "embarrassing, shameful, shocking, brutal" as Bohs leaked three goals in a 14-minute spell in the first half and then conceded a fourth late on.
And as the squad flew back to Dublin this afternoon, there were clear signs that Bohs would be immediately forced to axe players to cut the wage bill, along with fears that Fenlon could even quit.
"It was shambolic. It was disastrous from start to finish and I feel embarrassed by what I saw," Fenlon told the Herald this morning from the team's base in Oswestry. "I am very low today. I always try and put football in perspective, I have lost family and that is very hard to take.
"But last night was hard for me to swallow, I feel low and I did feel like walking away from it all. We need to have a look at everything, starting with my own position. I don't want to walk away but we have to reassess everything.
"We will have to look at letting players go, and fairly soon. I will have a look at that over the next day or two and see where we stand.
"I don't want to let players go but I think I will have to. I need to talk to the people within the club. We will take stock and see where we want to go. We are struggling to carry on so we need to sit down and take action," added the Bohs boss.