Tuesday 16 January 2018

Fenlon admits he's open to offers ahead of cameo role for Heary

Hibernian FC manager Pat Fenlon
Hibernian FC manager Pat Fenlon
Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

PAT Fenlon steps back in to the hot-seat this weekend just over two weeks after resigning from Scottish Premier League club Hibernian – but it's only for one game.

The occasion is the Owen Heary tribute match between a Bohemians Legends XI and a Shelbourne Legends XI at Dalymount Park on Sunday (3.0).

And though it's supposed to be a light-hearted affair to honour Heary, who is a legend in his own right at Bohs and Shels, Fenlon is looking forward to the occasion.

The 44-year-old, who managed Bohemians before leaving for his shot at the Scottish Premier League with Hibs two years ago, hopes he won't be too long on the sidelines away from the real action.

Fenlon caused a major surprise by announcing he was stepping away from the helm at Easter Road just over two weeks ago.

He insists he wasn't sacked and that he left on good terms, but he is definitely open to offers.

"It was a very hard decision and it wasn't something I wanted to do, but I felt it was the right decision for everyone, for myself and the club," Fenlon said.

"At the moment I'm not doing anything. I want to be involved, but it's all part of life.

"If a job came up, yes, I probably would jump in," said Fenlon.

Fenlon won five League of Ireland titles as a manager, two with Bohemians and three with Shelbourne.

Dermot Keely, a winner of 10 league titles as a player and a manager, will take charge of the Shels Legends XI.

The players on view have won all the honours in the domestic game – particularly Heary, who has seven league winners and two FAI Cup mementoes in the trophy cabinet. "For me it's been a great career and I've enjoyed every minute of it," said Heary.

HORGAN PROMOTED TO

DROGHEDA HOT SEAT

DROGHEDA UNITED have promoted assistant boss Robbie Horgan to the position of manager after the acrimonious departure of Mick Cooke.

Horgan came out on top of an interview process which was rounded down to a shortlist of three candidates.

A statement from the Louth club said the selection panel were impressed by the former goalkeeper's "vision and plans for the club, his commitment to nurturing young talent, combined with his proven work rate and professionalism over the last number of years."

Irish Independent

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