BOHEMIANS hope they can price manager Pat Fenlon out of Dundee United's reach after the SPL side received official permission to speak to the Dubliner about their vacant managerial position.
The Gypsies will allow Fenlon to hold further talks with the Tannadice outfit but have quoted a substantial six figure sum as their compensation demand if the 40-year-old is identified as the chosen candidate. While United publicly insist their options remain open, it's understood Fenlon has shot to the head of the queue to replace new Scotland boss Craig Levein, and the ex-Shels and Derry supremo would be tempted by the opportunity. However, Bohs have quoted a figure believed to exceed the £250,000 received by the SPL club from the SFA for Levein.
The request surprised the Scottish club who are reluctant to splash out considerably on a new man. Bohs say Fenlon has three years left on his contract yet, unusually, the League of Ireland champions also wish to factor in prize money they believe they would miss out on if he departed.
"I've told Pat that we can't let him go on the cheap," said Bohemians secretary Gerry Conway. "We value Pat's contract as greater than the financial value of it on its own. If they want the best manager, they have to be prepared to pay for it."
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