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Busy Transfer Window For Pat Fenlon

 

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It’s been a busy summer period for Pat Fenlon, with an incredible 26 players leaving or arriving at the club.

Of last year’s squad, fans’ favourite Leigh Griffiths returned to parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers where he has since signed a contract extension after making an impressive start to the season, whilst striking partner Eoin Doyle has joined Chesterfield. Continue reading

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Four Match Ban For Fenlon As Hibs Fans Refuse Support For Reformed Rangers

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon has been hit with a four match ban by the SFA for misconduct during the closing stages of Saturday’s 5-1 defeat to Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final.

Fenlon was sent to the stand by referee Craig Thomson after he was seen to aim a gesture in the general direction of celebrating Hearts fans who were taunting him by singing ‘There’s only on Pat Fenlon.’

After the match he denied that the gesture was directed at fans, and claimed that his frustration was with his own players.

The former Bohs boss claimed: “I made a gesture in relation to the way we were playing. We kept giving the ball away cheaply. I don’t know what they were singing to be honest. There is a hell of a lot made in relation to the gesture. I didn’t get to speak to the referee. He was the last person I wanted to speak to. It was frustration with the way we were playing. The referee said it was the police, but I spoke to the police who said that they had nothing to do with it so it’s disappointing.”

A judicial panel took place yesterday with the outcome being a four match suspension, with two matches effective immediately and the other two games suspended until the end of the season. Those games will come into effect if Fenlon is found guilty of another breach of rule 203 involving any type of misconduct.

Meanwhile Hibs fans have voted overwhelmingly against a Newco Rangers being allowed into the SPL. Over 99.32% on Fan’s forum Hibs.net and 98.65% on Hibees Bounce which consists of over 1000 individual votes have demanded that the Glasgow Giants resume in the third division, and many supporters have vowed to return season tickets should Chairman Rod Petrie vote in favour of allowing Rangers back.

Mike Riley, chairman of the Hibs Supporters Clubs said: “I think the majority view among the Hibs supporters is that Rangers should be punished and punished severely. They have done wrong and they should stand up and take whatever comes their way. Whatever way the vote goes it is going to cause ructions in Scottish football for a long time to come. For them to come back as a Newco and go straight back into the SPL would upset a lot of people and I know a lot of Hibs fans who would be very unhappy if that were to be the case.

They are due many clubs money so everyone is being dragged into it. I think at the moment they are getting what they deserve.”

Petrie who is currently with the SFA in Poland has already hinted that he would support the wishes of the fans and is on record as saying: “That’s fundamental to us at our club, to make sure the integrity of the game is not called into question and that the sporting integrity of the competition we take part in is maintained at the highest standards. It’s not a question of any sum of money in return for that integrity; integrity is beyond purchase.

It’s important that all clubs can have a place within football provided they have earned it in a sporting sense and also have abided by the rules.”

The twelve SPL clubs will vote on the issue when a meeting can be arranged and a Newco Rangers need eight votes to regain their place after the old company went into liquidation yesterday.

On the playing front, midfield hard-man Martin ‘Jimmy’ Scott has agreed to join his former club Ross County on loan. The 26 year old was signed by Colin Calderwood but has hardly played following a training ground bust up with Sean Welsh which resulted in the youngster receiving a broken jaw. Fenlon sent Scott on ‘gardening leave’ toward the end of the season.

The club have been linked with Tim Clancy, a 28 year old defender originally from Trim in County Meath, who left Motherwell after failing to agree terms with manager Stuart McCall.

Fenlon Wields The Axe As Hibs Travel To The Highlands

Hibs have told Martin ‘Jimmy’ Scott that he will not feature in the first team again this season and alerted other clubs that he is available on loan.

Manager Pat Fenlon has been unhappy about the discipline amongst certain players and Scott was recently suspended for seven days following his failure to turn up for training after the victory against Ayr United in the Scottish Cup.

Fenlon had decided that all members of the squad who had not featured in the cup game should report for training the following day. A message was went by text to the players concerned, however Scott claimed to have changed his mobile number and therefore did not received the message. He was adamant that he was not to blame; however, Fenlon did not accept his explanation and fined the former Ross County star the maximum two weeks wages.

The Livingston born midfielder has rarely featured in the first team following an altercation with team mate Sean Welsh during pre-season training, which resulted in the youngster receiving a fractured cheekbone.

He cost a reported £80k from Ross County and is under contract until 2014. Former Hibs assistant manager Derek Adams is likely to be interested in the player who scored winning goals against Hibs and Celtic in the club’s glorious Scottish Cup run two years ago when they reached the final. County currently sit on top of the First Division and are clear favourites for promotion.

Meanwhile the team are preparing for Sunday’s crunch game against Terry Butcher’s Inverness who defeated Aberdeen at Pittodrie last Saturday before losing at home to St Johnstone in midweek.

On loan Norwich right back George Francomb recognises the importance of the game which will be played 24 hours after fellow strugglers Dunfermline face on-form Dundee United. He told The Scotsman: “I suppose it would be good to see Dunfermline’s result but at the end of the day we have to win on Sunday. We shouldn’t need any greater incentive than the three points from our match. First and foremost, we want to pull ourselves away from Dunfermline.

“If we can beat Inverness and Dunfermline fail to pick up points then we’ll have stretched the gap at the bottom a bit and closed in a little on Caley with another game to come against them in a few weeks’ time.”

Francomb accepts the criticism that followed last week’s encounter, but is keen to remind supporters of the quality of their opponents.

He said: “I think some people perhaps forgot that United are the form team in the SPL at the moment, they are on a great run and had just beaten Rangers.

“But that’s what happens when you are a football player. You have to take the criticism when you are losing. We’d put together three matches unbeaten before the Hearts game when everyone loved us then all of a sudden everyone is criticising us. You just have to take it on the chin and work harder for good results.

“We had quite a lot of possession in the first half, we kept the ball and were able to play high up the pitch but we didn’t keep it in the second half and when that happens, you find yourself penned in, as we were.”

Earlier this season Hibs recorded their first ever victory in Inverness thanks to an injury time goal by Garry O’Connor. A repeat of that result would ease a few worries around Easter Road. Skipper James McPake, Ian Murray and Danny Galbraith have all resumed full training following injuries, and the on-loan Coventry City defender is expected to start this weekend.

More rumours of unrest at Easter Road ahead of crunch game

Reports in the Scottish media suggest that a number of Hibs players are unhappy with Pat Fenlon’s  attitude and the way he goes about his business, making it a ‘them and us attitude’ between the players and management.

While the club and the former Bohemians boss were quick to play down Tuesday’s headbutt incident, describing it as ‘typical training ground stuff’, rumours persist that all is not well at Easter Road.

Although yesterday’s reports were exaggerated, it has emerged that Griffiths and Fenlon did get involved in a heated argument after the manager cut a training game short and that led to the player being ordered back to the dressing room.

The on loan Wolves striker removed his training top and bib and threw it at the manager, hitting him in the face. A number of players then had to separate Fenlon and Liam O’Brien from Griffiths, who stormed off to the dressing rooms followed by Assistant Manager Billy Brown. Another heated exchange took place and Brown was pushed by Griffiths, before his team mates intervened.

Fenlon had made it clear that Griffiths remains in his plans for Saturday’s game against Dundee United, but it has now emerged that midfield hard man Martin ‘Jimmy’ Scott had been suspended for seven days following his failure to turn up for training after the victory against Ayr United in the Scottish Cup.

Fenlon had decided that all members of the squad who had not featured in the cup game should report for training the following day. A message was went by text to the players concerned, however Scott claimed to have changed his mobile number and therefore did not receive the message. He was adamant that he was not to blame, however, Fenlon did not accept his explanation and fined the former Ross County star the maximum two weeks wages and caused him to miss Sunday’s derby.

The midfielder has rarely featured in the first team following his altercation with team mate Sean Welsh during pre-season training, which resulted in the youngster receiving a fractured cheekbone.

News of the behind the scenes problems come days before Hibs play on form Dundee United who are unbeaten in their last seven games, at Easter Road in a vital match in their fight against relegation. Fenlon has described Saturday’s encounter as more important than the upcoming semi-final against Aberdeen.

He said: “When we have had a defeat over the last while we have responded quite well and we will be looking for that again, for people to be hurting and smarting. They have taken a little bit of criticism over the week and the way to get over that is by winning football matches.

“Everyone was patting us on the back for getting to the semi-final; this week everyone wants to give us a kick up the rear. That’s football. You cannot take all the praise and criticism to heart, you need a balance.

“You need to understand people will have a dig when it’s not going well and will be all over you when it is, so it’s all how they react and they have to react positively.

“Outside Celtic, United are the ones who have been on a fantastic run. I have seen a fair bit of them, I saw them beat Inverness 3-0 which was perhaps harsh on Caley but they have some decent players and a confidence about them.

“We are scrapping for everything. Everything depends on staying in this league: livelihoods, people’s ambitions all depend on us being in the SPL. We have a semi-final coming up, but this is a bigger game than that.”

Former Hearts boss Jim Jeffries will take charge of fellow relegation strugglers Dunfermline for the first time on Saturday, against a St Mirren side who have not won since Christmas.

Fenlon denies headbutt claim

Pat Fenlon has strenuously denied media reports that he was headbutted by on loan striker Leigh Griffiths at the East Mains Training Ground yesterday.

Several Scottish newspapers reported that Griffiths had taken exception to comments made by Fenlon after a stormy training session following Hibs latest derby day defeat by Edinburgh rivals Hearts. Griffiths was reported to have headbutted Fenlon then punched assistant manager Billy Brown who had interjected, before storming off.

Speculation was rife that he had played his last game for the club and was en route back to Wolverhampton, but Fenlon played down the incident, and told the club’s official website that it had been “typical training ground stuff”, adding “I’m surprised at the rubbish in the press.”

Fenlon said: “As is usual for high-tempo training sessions, involving committed players and coaching staff, robust views and opinions are shared and yesterday’s session was no different.

“Leigh is a quality striker and a lively personality and will remain a key part of my team for the rest of the season.

“There’s nothing at all in the story. We just want to focus on winning games and getting up the table.”

A statement on the club’s website states: Hibernian has moved to address erroneous press reports regarding an alleged incident involving Leigh Griffiths at Hibernians Training Centre yesterday.

Contrary to a report in today’s Daily Mail, Leigh Griffiths did not headbutt Manager Pat Fenlon nor punch Assistant Manager Billy Brown. The striker will be in the squad for Saturday’s crucial SPL fixture against Dundee United.

The Scotland under 21 international has been no stranger to controversy since his arrival at his boyhood club. Last December he received a ban following a gesture at Rangers fans during Hibs’ 2-0 defeat, then the following month he repeated the gesture to Hibs fans during the Scottish Cup win at Cowdenbeath. Two weeks later, Griffiths received another two-match suspension for a one-finger salute at a Hibs fan who had been shouting abuse from the Famous Five stand during Hibs’ 3-2 defeat by St Johnstone.

The Hibs board are concerned about the reputation of the club and are likely to take  such behaviour seriously. During pre-season, midfielder Martin ‘Jimmy’ Scott was disciplined by the club following a training ground bust up with Sean Welsh who suffered a fractured cheekbone.

Meanwhile fellow relegation candidates Dunfermline have announced that former Hearts manager Jim Jeffries will take charge at East End Park on a 15 month rolling contract. The Fife outfit currently sit four points behind Hibs with eight games to play.

Hibs players have taken to Twitter to give their version of accounts.

Captain @JamesMcPake tweeted “Have to laugh at the story that came out about our training yesterday! Not 1 part of it was true or near the truth!! Especially liked the part that Leigh sped off from the training centre with all the stuff from his locker? Sped away…He doesn`t drive! ”

@francomb_28 tweeted “Dont know where that story came from today but it was so far from the truth you have to laugh really #embarrassing.”

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