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Fenlon tells Doherty to be patient after U-21 snub

HIBERNIAN boss Pat Fenlon gave Matt Doherty the 'hairdryer' treatment for a breach of discipline during the season, but yesterday he had words of praise and advice for the 20-year-old Dubliner.

That's just as well, because Ireland U-21 manager Noel King might not take too kindly to Doherty's forthright comments about being overlooked for the June 4 European Championship encounter with group leaders Italy.

"I'm on standby. I think I should be in it (the squad). I don't know why I am not. After the cup final, my phone is going off. I will take a holiday," said Doherty.

Fenlon, who has taken his squad to Dublin to prepare for Saturday's Scottish Cup final with Hearts, said: "In fairness, I spoke to Noel. He feels that the players he's had have done well for him and I can understand that. Matt just has to be patient."

Doherty, a former Belvedere and Home Farm schoolboy player, moved to Wolves from Bohemians for a reported €75,000 in July 2010 and accepted the chance to go on loan to Hibs at the end of January.

It's been a bit of a roller-coaster, with Hibs battling relegation, doing well in the cup and an unforgettable tongue-lashing from Fenlon.

The crime? Doherty walked straight off the pitch to the dressing- room when he was substituted against Motherwell, a match that Hibs lost 4-3. "Matt is a fantastic player and I just hope he grasps what he has," said Fenlon. "He's a young player, so he needs to learn the game."

Irish Independent