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Fenlon to take Tannadice job

PAT FENLON is expected to be confirmed as the new manager of Scottish Premier League side Dundee United -- as soon as the club agree compensation terms with Bohemians.

The Dubliner, who has won five League of Ireland Premier Division titles with Shelbourne and Bohs, jumped at the offer from United chairman Stephen Thompson to succeed new Scotland manager Craig Levein.

But Fenlon will have to wait while the Tangerines sort out a compensation wrangle with Bohs.

The 40-year-old is expected to take his place in United's dugout for Saturday's Scottish Cup fourth-round tie at Partick Thistle's Firhill ground.

Fenlon is believed to have beaten off competition from ex-United star Billy McKinlay, currently youth chief at Fulham, while Shamrock Rovers boss Michael O'Neill was also in the frame.

With three years left on Fenlon's contract, Bohs are believed to be demanding €280,000 to let him go.

But United hope to get him for nothing amid talk of Fenlon being owed bonuses from cash-strapped Bohs.

Fenlon informed the Bohemians board last night that he was accepting the United post.

It's thought he may simply write off any debts to make a clean break from the Dalymount Park club.


If a quick release agreement is struck, he'll formally become United's new boss by the weekend.

United director Derek Robertson said: "I can confirm we have held very positive, but preliminary, talks with Pat about becoming our new manager."

It's understood that the Dundee United board received a glowing recommendation for him from former Tannadice boss Levein.

Now chairman Thompson, with his first managerial appointment since he took over from his late father Eddie, is hoping Fenlon can maintain United's progress in the SPL.

United have a contingency plan to make a shock swoop for stand-in Motherwell assistant Archie Knox to become their boss if there's an unlikely breakdown in the Fenlon move.

Paul Doolin is rumoured to be favourite to take over from Fenlon at Dalymount Park, having left troubled Cork City after guiding them to third place in the Premier Division last season.

Doolin -- himself a former Bohs player -- won the Premier Division title as manager of Drogheda United in 2007.