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Owen open to Bohs role

OWEN HEARY has not ruled himself out of contention for the manager's job at Bohemians which has become vacant after Pat Fenlon finalised his move to Hibs in Scotland, but the defender is keen to carry on playing before moving into management full-time, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

Heary spent five seasons as a player and captain at Bohs, and also worked as manager of the Gypsies U19 and U20 teams, and has been touted as a possible successor to Fenlon.

"If something was put to me I'd have to consider it but, looking at it now, I want to play on for another while as I feel I have a few more seasons in me," he said.

"If the option was there to maybe carry on as a player at Bohs and work as assistant manager, that's something I'd look at too. Bohs is a big job in Irish football and whoever gets the job, if Pat does leave, will be very lucky."

The entire playing squad from last season at Bohs is now out of contract and, with uncertainty over the club's future, the Bohs' board have planned a crucial meeting with Zurich Bank next week in relation to the club's €4m debt to them. It's feared that young talent like Christopher Forrester and Chris Fagan will be moved on.