Fenlon calls for unity at Hibs

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Pat Fenlon's immediate aim after being named Hibernian manager is to transform results and unify the club.

The 42-year-old was on Friday unveiled as Hibs boss on a two-and-a-half-year contract, moving to Edinburgh from Bohemians until the end of the 2013/14 season.

Fenlon said: "Results are important and that's the goal immediately - to try to change that. We've got to try to get a bit of togetherness back in the club, with the players, everybody else and the supporters. That's what we'll try and build in a short period of time."

Fenlon won five league titles and three cup competitions during a nine-year managerial career in Ireland and succeeds Colin Calderwood, who was sacked on November 6 following 12 wins in 49 matches and 12 months in charge.

The long-term future of Billy Brown, who was in caretaker charge and overlooked for the appointment, is uncertain, but the Scot will take control of the team for Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at St Johnstone, with Fenlon to watch from the stands at McDiarmid Park.

Fenlon becomes Hibs' fifth manager in four seasons and ninth in 10 years - following the likes of Alex McLeish, Tony Mowbray, John Collins, Mixu Paatelainen and John Hughes into the Easter Road dugout - but is eager to be a long-term presence in Leith.

Asked whether this is the biggest challenge of his career so far, Fenlon added: "Very much so, it's a big club and a big club that's not playing well at the moment and struggling.

"It's a challenge to take them up the table, definitely.

"I'm here to work hard and try to put the thing right. There's been too many managers and the turnover is too much for a club like Hibs.

"That's something I've got to try to stop. It needs a bit of solidity. If you keep chopping and changing it's difficult to get that."

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