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Pat Fenlon
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Personal information
Full name Patrick Fenlon
Date of birth 15 March 1969 (1969-03-15) (age 40)
Place of birth    Dublin, Ireland
Club information
Current club Bohemians (manager)
Youth career
Rivermount Boys
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1986–1987
1987–1991
1991–1993
1993–1996
1996–1997
1997–2003
Chelsea
St. Patrick's Athletic
Bohemians
Linfield
Shamrock Rovers
Shelbourne
000 0(0)
00? 0(?)
088 (29)
00? 0(?)
031 0(4)
153 (27)   
National team
1988–1992
1992
Republic of Ireland U21
Republic of Ireland B
003 0(0)
001 0(1)
Teams managed
2002–2006
2007
2007–2008
2008–
Shelbourne
Derry City
Republic of Ireland U23
Bohemians

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Patrick "Pat" Fenlon (born 15 March 1969) is an Irish former footballer and current manager of League of Ireland club, Bohemians.

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Playing career

Born in Dublin, Fenlon made his League of Ireland debut for St Patrick's Athletic against Shelbourne at Harold's Cross Stadium on the 13th of September 1987. After four seasons at Pats, during which he won his first senior medal winning the League of Ireland Championship in 1989/90 under Brian Kerr (football manager), he signed for Bohemian F.C. in the summer of 1991. After two Cup wins he signed for Linfield F.C. in January 1994 [1].

In June 1996 he signed for his boyhood club Shamrock Rovers [2].

But after one season he transferred to Shelbourne F.C. thus making him one of the first players to have played for each of Dublin's "Big 4", i.e. St. Patrick's Athletic, Shelbourne, Shamrock Rovers, and Bohemians.

Whilst playing for Shels he suffered a triple fracture of the shin in a match against Shamrock Rovers in Tolka Park on 12 February 1999. He recovered from this to help fire Shelbourne to the league and cup double the following season, and was voted the PFAI Player of the Year for his contribution.[1] He scored the winning goal for Shelbourne in the 1999/00 FAI Cup final replay, as Shelbourne beat Bohemians 1–0.[2]

Management career

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Shelbourne

Fenlon started out his management career as manager of his former club Shelbourne of Dublin. His reign at Tolka Park started in a player/manager capacity in 2002 and guided the club to second place in his inaugural season in charge.

By the start of the 2003 season, Fenlon had hung up his boots to focus solely on the management of the club. The rewards were immediate, and Fenlon took the club to their first ever back-to-back league titles, in 2003 and 2004.

The 2004 season also saw Fenlon lead his squad past Icelandic champions KR Reykjavík and Croatian high-flyers Hajduk Split and into the Third Qualifying Round of the UEFA Champions League, where his Shelbourne side were eventually overturned by Spanish giants Deportivo la Coruña. Following this amazing run, and participation in the First Round of the UEFA Cup against Lille OSC, Fenlon was rewarded with a contract extension.[3] This made him the first manager to reach the Third Qualifying Round of the competition with an Irish club.[4]

2005 promised big things for Pat Fenlon and Shelbourne. However, things did not go exactly as planned. In spite of several big name signings, Shelbourne staggered past the season's finishing-line in a disappointing third place. One of Fenlon's former clubs, Linfield, also beat Shelbourne in the first Setanta Cup final.

2006 saw the return of success. Dogged by continuous rumours involving a move from Tolka Park during the 2006 season, Fenlon guided the club to their third league title in 4 years on 17 November 2006, with a 2-1 victory over rivals Bohemians, which saw the Dubliners claim the title on goal difference. The media in Ireland had initially been linking Fenlon with the vacant management position at Dalymount Park. However this long-standing rumour was put to rest when Bohemians appointed Sean Connor as their new manager on 17 November 2006. This was followed by reports linking Fenlon to the vacant hot-seat at Derry City left by Stephen Kenny, who had departed the Brandywell Stadium to take up the managers position at Scottish side Dunfermline Athletic.

Fenlon resigned from his position as Shelbourne manager on 5 December 2006[5] and the reports proved true when Derry City F.C. concluded an agreement with him within four days.

Derry City

Fenlon took the managerial spot at the club that, with Shelbourne FC, he beat to first position in the 2006 League of Ireland Premier Division on 8 December, 2006. With regard to the new installation, Derry City's chief executive, Jim Roddy, stated, "Pat has a wealth of League of Ireland experience and the chairman and board of Derry City Football Club are delighted to have appointed a manager of such calibre." In response, Fenlon stated his high hopes for the future: "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."

In January, 2007, Fenlon was awarded the eircom/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland (SWAI) 'Personality of the Year' award after his success during the 2006 season with Shelbourne FC. His new team-captain at Derry City, Peter Hutton, was also included in the shortlist of six nominees for the award, as well his old team-captain at Shelbourne, Owen Heary, and the man he replaced at Derry, Stephen Kenny.

However, results did not favour Fenlon and he resigned his position after just five months.[6]

Republic of Ireland under-23s

Pat Fenlon was also manager for a series of games for the Irish Under 23 Team consisting entirely of League of Ireland players.[7]

Bohemians

On 22 December 2007, Pat was appointed manager of Bohemians after the departure of Sean Connor. In 2008, within a year of his appointment, he guided Bohs to their second League of Ireland/FAI Cup double in a decade. The 19 points winning margin in the League was a new record. He won the league in 2009 with Bohs beating arch rivals Shamrock Rovers by 4 points. Bohs also won the League of Ireland Cup that year. Dundee United attempted to appoint him as their manager in January 2010, although their compensation offer was rejected, Fenlon was keen on the move but Dundee United dropped their interest and Fenlon remains in Ireland.[8]

Honours

As a player

As a manager

References

Preceded by
Dermot Keely
Shelbourne manager
2002–2006
Succeeded by
Dermot Keely
Preceded by
Stephen Kenny
Derry City manager
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Peter Hutton
Preceded by
Sean Connor
Bohemians manager
2007–
Succeeded by
Incumbent

Simple English

[[File:|right|thumb|Pat Felon]] Pat Fenlon (born 15 March 1969) is an Irish football manager who is currently managing Bohemians (Bohemian FC).

His first job as a manager was at Shelbourne where he won the league in 2003, 2004 and 2006. In that time they also made history by managing the first Irish club to reach the third qualifying round of the Champions League, where they were knocked out by Deportivo La Coruna from Spain. He left Shelbourne at the end of 2006.

He was made the Derry City manager at the end of 2006 but left halfway through the 2007 season after making a poor start with his new club.

He was appointed manager of Bohemians in early 2008 and so far has won back-to-back titles, an FAI Cup and a League Cup. He has stated that his desire is to get Bohemians into the Champions League group stages in 2010.


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