Belfast Telegraph

Pat Fenlon gets Alan Dornan's vote to be Linfield boss

By Graham Luney

Alan Dornan has backed his old pal Pat Fenlon to give Linfield fans more glory days.

The former Blues favourite, who carried out some scouting work for Fenlon when he was Shelbourne boss, says his old team-mate is the perfect man to succeed long-serving chief David Jeffrey.

Jeffrey is stepping out of the Blues hotseat he first occupied in January, 1997 at the end of the season.

Dubliner Fenlon has quickly emerged as the early front-runner for the post.

Former defender Dornan was a comrade of Fenlon's when the formidable Linfield team of the mid-1990s pocketed every piece of silverware going.

"It was a fantastic team," said the former Crusaders boss.

"The best side I played for. Pat was a quality midfielder, loved by the fans.

"As a supporter of Linfield I would be excited if Pat Fenlon became the manager.

"He ticks all the boxes for me. He's only 44 and remains a class act. Any Irish club would be interested in acquiring his services. When he came to Linfield he was a breath of fresh air and a quality player.

"Any player would love working for him. He's an individual who oozes class and I feel his appointment would be fantastic news, not just for Linfield but for the Irish League as well.

"With his ideas and experience, he is on a different level to our league. His record in the south is fantastic and he would relish this challenge.

"I was chatting to him at Michael Gault's Testimonial Lunch in December and he is fascinating to listen to. His knowledge of the game is at a different level.

"Pat possibly wants to return to full-time management but Linfield may explore making the appointment full-time.

"Of all the candidates that have been mentioned in relation to the job, Pat Fenlon is the standout one for me.

"I've no doubt he would be a superb Linfield manager."

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