Fenlon set to fill Hibs vacancy

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Hibernian are expected to unveil Pat Fenlon as their new manager on Friday.

The 42-year-old was given permission by Dublin-based Bohemians to talk to Hibs about the manager's job and is set to succeed Colin Calderwood as boss.

Bohemians are understood to have waived any compensation payment due to their current financial predicament, and Fenlon is set to be appointed in time for this weekend's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at St Johnstone.

Billy Brown was in caretaker charge of Hibs' 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock last Saturday and could be retained in the dugout for the trip to Perth, giving Fenlon an opportunity to assess his players from the stand at McDiarmid Park.

Hibs are not commenting about the vacancy until it is filled, but the pre-match media conference is likely to see Fenlon introduced.

Fenlon spent his entire playing career in Ireland and has managed Shelbourne, Derry City and Bohemians, whom he joined in December 2007.

He has won the League of Ireland twice and the Football Association of Ireland Cup twice.

He was linked with Dundee United before the appointment of Peter Houston as boss, but the move broke down over compensation Bohemians requested. However, that is no longer an obstruction.

Meanwhile, Calderwood, who was sacked as Hibs boss on November 6 following 12 wins in 49 matches and 12 months in charge, has found a new job less than three weeks following his departure from Easter Road.

The former Scotland defender was confirmed as assistant manager of Birmingham and has been reunited with his former boss at Newcastle, Chris Hughton.

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