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Bohs' Fenlon in frame to take Dundee United job

Pat Fenlon has emerged as a candidate for the vacant position as boss of Dundee United.

The Bohemians manager held discussions with United chairman Stephen Thompson yesterday as the SPL club search for a successor to Craig Levein, who departed a fortnight ago to take over as the Scotland boss.

Reports in the UK last night said that Thompson conducted separate interviews in London with ex-Dundee United midfielder Billy McKinlay and Fenlon, though the Dubliner was due to spend this week on holiday with his family.

Shamrock Rovers boss Michael O'Neill, another former Terrors player, has also been mentioned after Thompson declared he would be casting the net wide. St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes was the early favourite.

Fenlon, who was in the frame for the vacant Peterborough United job after the sacking of Darren Ferguson, has grown frustrated with the administration of the game here amid recurring financial crises.

He has delivered back-to-back titles in two seasons with Bohemians to follow up three earlier title wins with Shelbourne but, although he has completed deals with players for this season, the champions are still subject to a transfer embargo, which means they cannot confirm new registrations until the FAI are satisfied they complied with the Salary Cost Protocol.

United chairman Thompson previously indicated he would take advice from departed boss Levein when it came to the process of finding a replacement, and the new Scotland boss is well aware of Fenlon's abilities.

Levein has monitored the League of Ireland scene closely in recent years, and picked up defender Sean Dillon from Fenlon's Shels in 2006 in addition to an aborted move for ex-Cork City striker, Roy O'Donovan.