Friday 23 February 2018

Fenlon moves to end U-21 job speculation

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

PAT FENLON would like to see a League of Ireland man appointed as successor to Don Givens, but is in no mood for further speculation about his own future.

The Bohs manager was set for a move to Dundee United in January until it fell down on the issue of compensation.

As a highly-rated manager, the Dubliner has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Givens, with a strong feeling within the domestic game that promising coaches have been overlooked for outsiders from abroad when it comes to underage positions.

While Fenlon would subscribe to that theory, he is reluctant to throw his hat into the ring given the protracted nature of the Dundee United saga that ultimately came to nothing.

"I think there's been enough speculation about me over the last three or four months that p****d everybody off, including myself, so I'll just leave it alone at the moment and see what happens," said Fenlon.

"I think that's a question for other people to answer (with respect to an LoI appointment) as to where they see us, as regards to where we see ourselves.

"I know where we see ourselves. There are a lot of good people in the game that are well capable of managing at that level. But the people who are running the game have to make that choice."

Fenlon was happy with the performance of his Bohs side in Friday's draw with Sligo at Dalymount Park and but must prepare for another league game this evening with the Gypsies taking on Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds in a fixture brought forward because of Saturday's Setanta Cup semi-final with Linfield.

Meanwhile, Alan Mathews has described his Drogheda United side's start to the Airtricity League season as "shocking" after their fourth match without a win.

The Louth side have now conceded 13 goals after their latest four-goal defeat to Sporting Fingal on Friday, and they have just one point to show for their efforts. The former Cork City manager says his side are making life difficult for themselves.

"You can put whatever slant you want on it," he said. "But being totally honest with you it's a shocking start to the season, not because of the results but because we've been so porous.

"That's something that we're going to have to work. And regardless of who's playing we're going to have to defend better as a team."

Irish Independent

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