Wednesday 21 August 2019

League of Ireland legend Pat Fenlon is back in management - in the GAA

Pat Fenlon has joined the backroom team of a junior GAA team
Pat Fenlon has joined the backroom team of a junior GAA team
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Decorated soccer manager Pat Fenlon has landed an unexpected new role – with Meath Junior ‘B’ outfit Kilbride.

Fenlon has had spells in charge of the likes of Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians, the Republic of Ireland U-23s as well as Scottish outfit Hibernian along with several other sides, winning a variety of titles along the way.

He also enjoyed a successful playing career that included a stint at Chelsea as a trainee before joining St Pat’s and scoring for them in the European Cup.

And yesterday the Dublin border club pulled off a significant coup when he was named as part of the club’s backroom team.

Kilbride operate in division four of the Meath ‘A’ leagues as well as the junior ‘B’ championship but have a celebrated past that includes winning five Meath SFC titles in the 1960s and '70s.

Fenlon has ties to the Meath club through his son who is active with their underage club and he will provide support to newly-appointed manager David Harford.  

“Kilbride are delighted to announce their new first team management for 2017,” read a statement from the club.

“Former Meath junior Leinster winner David Harford who managed the Kilbride minor team to league success in 2016 and Meath development squads in the past takes over the reins as manager.

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“A highly motivated level two coach, David has been to the forefront of Kilbride’s recent surge in their juvenile success.

“His management team will also consist of former Republic of Ireland U-23s manager, Hibernian and most recently Shamrock Rovers boss, Pat Fenlon.”

Fenlon is tipped for a return to the League of Ireland with Division 1 outfit Waterford United, where he is expected to take up a director of football role.

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