Hibernian have announced that former Bohemians manager Pat Fenlon has become their new manager on a 2 and a half year deal.
There was much speculation over the last few weeks and indeed months over whether or not Fenlon would make the switch to the SPL. The 42 year old has spent all his managerial career in Ireland and had successful spells with Shelbourne and Bohs. His time in charge of the two Dublin clubs saw him win five league titles and three FAI Cups.
Bohemians confirmed he had entered talks with Hibs on Wednesday over becoming their new manager after Colin Calderwood was sacked at the beginning of November.
Fenlon, who will be unveiled at a press conference this afternoon, said on Hibs’ official website: “I’m really excited by the prospect of managing Hibernian, a club with a rich history and proud traditions.
“When I came to Easter Road in March for a friendly match, while I was in charge of Bohemians, I saw close-up the tremendous potential of the club.”
Hibs sit ninth in the SPL, two points off the foot of the table, but have one home league win since February – the September defeat of St Johnstone.
Fenlon recognises the size of the challenge.
He added: “In order to move Hibernian forward there will need to be a lot of hard work and a clear change in mindset shown collectively by the team.
“There are a lot of quality players on Hibernian’s playing staff and it is now my job to make sure they function as a team.
“The primary goal is to provide winning football to the Hibernian supporters, who have gone through some hard times recently.
“But we will also try to entertain our fans in the process and put a smile on their faces.
“I’m looking forward to put into practice all that I’ve learned during my nine years as a manager over in Ireland and will be giving everything I’ve got into assembling a successful Hibernian team that everybody connected to the club can be proud of.”
Hibs executive director Scott Lindsay and managing director Fife Hyland led the recruitment process and chairman Rod Petrie was delighted with Fenlon’s appointment.
The chairman said: “Put simply, Pat Fenlon is a winner.
“We are all excited about what the team and supporters can achieve together under Pat Fenlon.”
Bohemians and League of Ireland fans what do you make of Fenlon’s departure? Arguably the best manager and one of the best players in Richie Ryan have left the league this week already and went to Scotland, is this a bad sign? Let us know what you think via the comments box below or use Twitter.