Pat Fenlon Linked With A Move To Hibernianby Jack Kitson / 17 November 2011, 10:58Tweet
Pat Fenlon has emerged as the new favourite in the Next Hibernian Manager Betting with odds of 1/2 with bookmakers Paddy Power. Fenlon has replaced the former frontrunner Michael O'Neill at the top of the betting as he becomes the man in the frame to replace Colin Calderwood who was sacked early this month. Despite having his odds slashed and the heavy speculation linking him to the job, as of yet there is believed to have been no formal approach for Fenlon from Hibs.
Fenlon is currently managing the League of Ireland side Bohemians with whom he is currently in talks with about his future. The 42-year-old has been in charge since late 2007, steering the club to the League of Ireland and FAI Cup double in his very first season and holding onto the title the following campaign, as well as guiding the club to glory in the League of Ireland Cup. However, this season ended in disappointment as they could only finish fifth. Fenlon has a year to run on his contract but is unsure whether he will sign an extension as the club are in the midst of a debt crisis. One bonus for Hibs is that Fenlon's contract reportedly contains a clause that states that they would not have to pay Bohemians compensation should Fenlon wish to leave.
Up until Tuesday Shamrock Rover boss Michael O'Neill was the hot favourite for the job. However, he is still very much in the running and with his future with the Irish side in doubt there is still every chance that he could make the switch over to Scotland. O'Neill only has two matches left under his current deal and is yet to agree to a new contract with Rovers. Other names in the betting include Terry Butcher, Jimmy Calderwood and Jim Jefferies.
Hibernian host Kilmarnock on Saturday as the SPL returns to action following the international break. Paddy Power have installed Hibs as the 11/8 favourite, while Kilmarnock are priced at 19/10, with a draw available at 11/8. A win for Hibs would see them jump one point ahead of their opponents in the league.
All odds courtesy of Paddy Power.