Hibernian Appoint Pat Fenlon as Manager

Paul MullaneyContributor IINovember 25, 2011

After parting ways with Colin Calderwood following a dismal start to the season which sees them in ninth place and just two points away from the relegation zone, Hibs have turned to Irish manager Pat Fenlon in the hope that he can turn things around.

Fresh from a nine year period in Ireland where he managed Shelbourne, Derry City and Bohemians and won the League of Ireland five times and the cup on three occasions, Fenlon says he is "Excited by the prospect of managing Hibernian, a club with a rich history and proud traditions."

In a statement on the club's official website, Fenlon seems under no illusions as to the difficulty of the task he is undertaking.

In order to move Hibernian forward there will need to be a lot of hard work and a clear change in mindset shown collectively by the team.

There are a lot of quality players on Hibernian's playing staff and it is now my job to make sure they function as a team.

The primary goal is to provide winning football to the Hibernian supporters, who have gone through some hard times recently.

But we will also try to entertain our fans in the process and put a smile on their faces.

I'm looking forward to put into practice all that I've learned during my nine years as a manager over in Ireland and will be giving everything I've got into assembling a successful Hibernian team that everybody connected to the club can be proud of.

Fenlon has been given a contract which will see him in charge of Hibs until the end of the 2013/2014 season, but it remains to be seen whether he will be able to succeed where John Hughes, Mixu Paatelainen and Colin Calderwood have all failed.