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Fenlon will 'do his nut' if Bohs lose young stars when window opens

PAT FENLON has warned the Bohemians board they face the prospect of losing their best youngsters for nothing unless they move fast.

The Gypsies manager remains frustrated by the situation at Dalymount Park and, with the transfer window reopening, he is afraid the teenagers he brought in to supplement his squad this year will be poached by other clubs.

They are playing as amateurs for Bohs and Fenlon has urged the club to offer the youngsters something. He is still waiting for a response, and admits he would be extremely frustrated if other sides capitalised.

"I've made the board aware of players I'd like to tie up," says Fenlon. "Not in the long, long term. Just in terms of this year and next year. If they go and progress (abroad), I'll be delighted because we've done our job and got them through a two-year period to come and play for the first team. If I lost them to another league club, I'd do my nut.

"It's up to the club to try and hold on to their assets. We've got good young players who haven't let the club down. If people can't see that, there's no point me telling them."

Fenlon admits the situation in Dublin 7 is still extremely worrying.

He won't have paid too much attention to an announcement from the FAI yesterday about the seedings of League of Ireland clubs in Europe this year. Bohs were already aware they would be seeded at the second qualifying round stage, but Fenlon can't afford to look ahead to July. "If we get that far, I'll be delighted," he said.

Shamrock Rovers boss Michael O'Neill is in a better position to look ahead, and the good news is that the Tallaght club will definitely be seeded in the second round of the Champions League qualifiers.

If they can progress, it means they will earn a minimum of €550,000 -- indeed, a €330,000 payment is already guaranteed.

Sligo are also celebrating after Porto's Europa League win had a domino effect which results in the Bit O'Red entering that competition at the third qualifying round stage -- the same stage where Shamrock Rovers drew Juventus last year. St Patrick's Athletic will be involved in the first qualifying round.

Irish Independent