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Fenlon factor not key, says Shamrpck Rovers boss O’Neill

Shamrock Rovers manager Michael O'Neill wasn't surprised to see Dundee United come calling for his Bohemians counterpart Pat Fenlon, but insists that it's the quality of the defending champions' players rather than the identity of their manager that worries him after the move collapsed.

O'Neill, a former Tannadice star, was also linked with the vacant SPL post, yet Fenlon had landed the role before the Bohs' compensation demands scuppered proceedings.

“Bohs will be strong with or without Pat,” said the former Northern Irish international. “I would have to say he's assembled an excellent set of players.

“It's no surprise to me that people have come and sounded him out.”

O'Neill, who has two years remaining on his contract in south Dublin, dismissed speculation linking him with the gig.

“I've been linked with Hibernian and I think I was linked with the Northern Ireland job and probably linked with a job in Tescos as well,” he quipped.

O'Neill revealed he is still interested in former Northern Ireland under-21 international Chris Turner, who agreed a deal with Sligo Rovers after parting company with Dundalk, but there have been suggestions that financial issues at the Showgrounds could make the midfielder available again.

“He was a player that we spoke to at the end of the season and we were optimistic,” says O'Neill. “If Chris Turner is a free agent he would be a player that we would have a big interest in again.”

Belfast Telegraph