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Fenlon confirmed as new Shamrock Rovers boss

A former Hoops player, the Dubliner takes over from Trevor Croly and faces his old club Derry City on Friday night.

Fenlon is returning to the League of Ireland after a three-year absence.
Fenlon is returning to the League of Ireland after a three-year absence.
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PAT FENLON HAS been announced as the new manager of Shamrock Rovers.

The vastly-experienced 45-year-old, who has enjoyed spells in the League of Ireland with Shelbourne, Derry City and Bohemians in the past, has been out of work since departing Scottish side Hibernian last year.

The Hoops, currently fourth in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, parted company with first team boss Trevor Croly over the weekend and have moved swiftly to replace him.

“I am delighted to be taking over as manager of Shamrock Rovers and am very much looking forward to getting to work at the club,” Fenlon said.

“The team is in a good position, and so we’ll be looking to push on and build on that. I am familiar with the team having seen them numerous times this season and so we will get to work straight away. I’m looking forward to the game against Derry City on Friday night.

Hopefully there will be a big crowd and we will work hard to get a result from the game and start on a positive note.”

Club chairman Jonathan Roche added: “I would like to welcome Pat Fenlon to Shamrock Rovers as the club’s new manager. Pat is the right person for the job at this time and so there was no need for delay.

“Pat has considerable experience at this level and comes into a club that is building good football structures and has a good squad of players. It has been a disappointing couple of weeks for everyone involved, but we need to move on quickly.

“Everyone at the club needs to pull together now and battle for every point for the remainder of the season.”

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