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Hibs chief welcomes Fenlon as 'winner and leader'

Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie hailed Pat Fenlon as a winner and leader after the Irishman's appointment as the Edinburgh club's ninth manager in 10 years.

Fenlon was released by Dublin club Bohemians and named by Hibs as successor to Colin Calderwood on a two-and-a-half year contract.

And Petrie, who has been criticised during Hibs' form slump over the past 18 months, believes Fenlon can be a catalyst for an upturn in fortunes.

He said: "Results in the last 12 months have not been what any of us wanted, but we've got a new manager now who has got great experience. He's a very determined character, he's a leader, he's a winner.

"Everybody is keen for the club to be successful so we go forward in a positive and optimistic vein.

"Yes, things didn't work out the way we wanted last time round (under Calderwood).

"We close that chapter and go forward together."

If it sounds familiar, it is because the same rhetoric came forth when Calderwood was appointed as John Hughes' successor in October 2010, only to achieve a success rate of 12 wins in 49 matches. Fenlon has signed until the end of the 2013/14 season as Hibs seek the managerial stability which has been lacking of late.

The chairman added: "He needs a bit of time to get fully up to speed.

"We're not looking for miracles here overnight but we are looking for steady and sustained incremental progress."