SHAMROCK Rovers striker Dean Kelly believes that the Hoops players have sent out the right message to manager Pat Fenlon with their clinical dismissal of city rivals Bohemians.
Rovers, who lost manager Trevor Croly on Saturday, appoint Pat Fenlon as their new boss today with Fenlon ready to be in the dugout for Friday's league game at home to Derry City.
The former Bohemians and Shelbourne boss was in Dalymount Park on Monday night to see Rovers advance to the final of the EA Sports Cup with a 2-0 win over Bohs, the Hoops players showing a vast improvement from their last league game, a 4-1 loss in Limerick.
And Kelly, one of the scorers against Bohs, feels that the players who had been under fire from unhappy Rovers fans, showed their supporters - and Fenlon - what they are capable of.
"I think have made a real statement about where we are as a group of players," says Kelly.
"He watched the game on Monday night and Pat Fenlon will have seen that there is hunger and desire in this squad.
"Now it's a matter of him putting his shape on things, how he wants us to play, it's something to look forward to, if he is the one who comes in.
"We were told before Monday's game to concentrate on the match as we didn't know who the new manager would be, but we were told that the new manager could possibly have been at the game, and then we found out after the match that Pat Fenlon had been there to see us.
"We are still in contention for this season.
"We're in the League Cup final, we're in the next round of the FAI Cup and we can still get into Europe through the league, so there is a lot to be confident about," Kelly added.