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Fenlon is new Derry manager

By Peter Hutcheon

Published 09/12/2006

Derry City confirmed Pat Fenlon as their new manager late last night. The Dubliner has agreed a three-year contract at the Brandywell, ending weeks of speculation. He will not be officially unveiled as the new man in charge until a press conference held in the town on Tuesday.

But the club released a statement last night welcoming the former Shelbourne boss to Derry.

City Chief Executive Jim Roddy said: "Pat has a wealth of eircom League experience and the Chairman and Board of Derry City Football Club are delighted to have appointed a manager of such calibre".

Fenlon said: "Derry City are a highly successful and ambitious club and I'm really looking forward to working with the players and everyone at the club."

It is as yet unclear whether Fenlon will follow the example of his predecessor Stephen Kenny and relocate from Dublin to Derry.

But the switch to full-time training was one of the major reasons for City's success in the past couple of seasons.

Fenlon's immediate task will be to sort out negotiations with the six out-of-contract Derry players and find a goalkeeper after David Forde's decision to move to Cardiff City.

He also has to put in place a backroom staff after first team coach Declan Devine's move to join Kenny at Dunfermline.

Belfast Telegraph

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