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Fenlon promises clear-out after Hibs' final 'shambles'

A SHELL-SHOCKED Pat Fenlon has promised to launch a summer clear-out at Hibernians after seeing what he called a "shambles" in the Scottish Cup final.

Hibs were trounced 5-1 in the Hampden Park tie and that is certain to be the last game in a green shirt for a batch of the Hibs players as Fenlon made it clear that Saturday's display was unacceptable but was also symptomatic of what has gone on at the club in recent seasons.

"It was an absolute shambles. I think it just sums the place up, the way the place is," said the Dubliner, who stated that former Sligo Rovers man Eoin Doyle, who was only on the field as a sub, was probably the best player in his side on the day.

"There's a softness and an acceptance of losing matches. We are second-last in the league and we are there for a reason. We're not good enough at the end of the day.

"You expect to work a bit harder, try a bit harder in a Cup final.

"We knew coming in that we had to make changes, and this week and last week has confirmed what I thought, there is an acceptance of losing football matches.

"It needs major change and we have got to take our time and make sure we get the right players in.

"We are going to change it because it has to be changed, there's no doubt about that, it needs radical change," added Fenlon, whose day of misery was completed when he was sent from the dugout by the referee, though he denied the accusation that he had gestured towards Hearts fans who had been mocking him.

"We have let everyone down and I am disappointed about that. It's going to be a long summer, a disappointing summer and one with plenty of work in it, we won't have too much time to get a holiday," said Fenlon, who did praise the efforts of Tallaght lad Doyle, a 55th-minute sub.

"I thought he was our best player," Fenlon said of Doyle.

"He did well when he came on, he worked really hard and maybe he should have started, in fairness to him."


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