SPL SIDE Hibernian have promised to reward Pat Fenlon by handing him the resources to ensure that the Edinburgh outfit are not in a relegation battle next season.
Former Bohemians and Shelbourne boss Fenlon has earned praise for his feat of leading Hibs to the Scottish Cup final as well as effectively securing their SPL status, and the club insist they will give Fenlon the chance to rebuild the club.
“As ever Pat will be given every resource we’ve got to help build his team. This is a real opportunity for him to build something over a longer transfer window to construct a squad to compete next year,” said Hibs managing director Fyfe Hyland.
“He’s changed the culture, he’s changed the majority of the squad in one transfer window and they’ve performed fantastically well.
“We’re only focused on the league just now, then on the Cup. We’ll talk about the future of players after that.”
Meanwhile, West Brom have opened talks with former Republic of Ireland winger Steven Reid over a new deal, head coach Roy Hodgson has confirmed.
Now switched to right-back Reid – currently sidelined with a foot injury – is out of contract in the summer, although Albion can take up a 12-month option. And the club's technical and sporting director Dan Ashworth has spoken with Reid's representatives.
Hodgson said: “Steven has done a very good job in the time I've been here. It will be more a question of us being convinced he's a man that will still help us next year and he being convinced that he wants to be here and help us out.”
Hodgson insists any decision on whether to offer striker Marc-Antoine Fortune a new deal will be based on his performances during his entire 18 months in charge.
Fortune was loaned out to Doncaster earlier in the season, but has been a key figure in the new year since returning to the Hawthorns. Hodgson said: “It has made us realise the potential we saw in him is now likely to be realised.”