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Dundee-day for Fenlon

PAT FENLON is set to be confirmed as Dundee United's new manager this evening after the Dubliner set a deadline for the Scottish club to sort out their compensation wrangle with League of Ireland Premier Division champions Bohemians.

Bohemians are adamant United will pay compensation for their manager and were understood to be demanding £280,000.

However an agreement will be reached this evening, with Fenlon hoping at least to be in attendance at tomorrow's ScottIsh Cup fourth round tie at Partick Thistle.

The Terrors are said to have offered much less than Bohs' original valuation, but it's believed the clubs have agreed a 6.0pm deadline tonight to settle the deal.

Bohemians secretary Gerry Conway said: "Dundee United contacted Bohemians over the matter of compensation for Pat Fenlon.

"We agreed to continue talks with a view to finalising it be close of business on Friday.

"We met Pat and told him why we wanted him to stay. He told us why he wished to go.

"We are still seeking more than 3200,000 in compensation for Pat," he said.


Fenlon is also understood to be unwilling to walk away unless compensation can be agreed. If the clubs are still well apart tonight, then Tannadice chief Stephen Thompson could yet call off the deal.

Conway added: "We are entitled to compensation, that's the bottom line.

"Pat remains our manager without a compensation deal being agreed. He knows that - I have told him that."

Thompson, meanwhile, said: "Dundee United have acted properly throughout our search for a new manager.

"We approached Bohemians for permission to speak to Pat Fenlon and only did so once they had faxed that permission.

"I would add that when they gave permission for us to speak to him, they did so without any pre-conditions."

If Fenlon does seal his move to Scotland, Bohemians may well look outside the League of Ireland for their next managerial appointment.

Former Cork City boss Paul Doolin, however, could be in the shake-up to succeed Fenlon.