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Fenlon in exit talks with Bohs

BOHEMIANS will hold talks with Pat Fenlon later today to thrash out a deal over the Dubliner's exit from his manager's job at the club.

It seems that Friday's 1-0 home league defeat to Galway United was Fenlon's last game in charge as the Gypsies boss has told the club that he wants to leave.

Fenlon, who has been linked with a scouting job at SPL side Celtic, has grown increasingly frustrated with off-field matters at the club and within hours of the club's AGM last Tuesday, which voted in a new board of directors, Fenlon had informed the club that he wanted to leave.

Names like Liam Buckley, Damien Richardson and Aaron Callaghan have already been mentioned as possible successors, but John Gill is considered to be one of the front-runners.

Owen Heary, who is already very busy with his roles as player, captain, reserve team manager and club promotions officer, has also been touted as a possible player/boss, and his appointment would carry the imprimatur of Fenlon.

But that would be complicated by the fact that Heary does not have the required UEFA Pro Licence coaching qualification.

Fenlon fulfilled some media commitments over the weekend regarding the Ireland-Macedonia game, but he has not commented on the Bohs situation since leaving Dalymount after the Galway defeat on Friday night.

The squad are due to take their normal training session later this evening, but this morning it was unclear if Fenlon would oversee that session as talks were planned with the club earlier in the day.

"There is probably no way back at this stage, his mind is made up and he wants to go," said a club source today.

The Bohs board are due to meet on Wednesday night, but leading club officials hoped to sit down with Fenlon today to thrash out a deal.

Fenlon is still owed a substantial amount by the club -- it's believed that he has not yet been paid his bonus for winning the 2009 league title -- and that's only one of the issues that has to be cleared up before he leaves.


Fenlon has grown increasingly frustrated with political problems at the club and what he saw as a lack of support from the board.

Fenlon was frustrated that the club were willing to spend a significant amount on administration staff but then question a playing budget of €170,000, while he was also angered by the fact that the team are still being forced to conduct training sessions at Dalymount Park as the club can't source -- or afford -- a training ground.

Outside frustrations were also nagging at the 41-year-old, such as a recent fine for Fenlon over a relatively harmless newspaper interview, while Friday's game against Galway was held up by a complaint from an officious match official over the colour of the Bohs keeper's socks.

"He's had enough of it all, had enough of Bohs and the FAI and all that goes with it and he just wants to get away," said a source close to Fenlon