Friday 15 December 2017

Fenlon and Reynolds roles at Waterford confirmed

Pat Fenlon. Photo: Sportsfile
Pat Fenlon. Photo: Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Waterford FC have confirmed the appointment of Pat Fenlon as director of football and the return of Alan Reynolds as head coach.

The First Division club are looking to kickstart a new era after a takeover by Lee Power, who also owns League One side Swindon Town.

His plans include a rebrand of the Suirsiders and one of the first steps was to drop the 'United' from the name.

Fenlon and Reynolds were quickly identified as candidates for their respective roles and, although it took a while to get the formalities completed, the announcement has been on the cards since November.

The official statement also included details of three signings that the new team have completed.

Paul Murphy has made the move from neighbours Wexford Youths, while Dean O'Halloran signs from Bohemians and veteran Dave Mulcahy returns for another stint after finishing last term with Cork City.

Reynolds knows the terrain well as a local who was player-manager when the Blues reached the FAI Cup final in 2004.

He subsequently had a brief spell under Fenlon as a player at Shels before working on the coaching staff at Derry, St Patrick's Athletic and Cork.

This brief is a new departure for Fenlon with Waterford looking to make a strong push for the one automatic promotion place as the league heads towards a 10-team top flight from 2018.

"I am delighted to be involved in such an exciting project," he said. "Waterford has always been a great football city with a fabulous history. I would like to thank Lee Power for giving me the opportunity to put the structures in place to bring the club forward."

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