pat fenlon, the former Hibernian manager, has been named as the new man in charge of Irish team Shamrock Rovers.

The 45-year-old, who played for the club during the 1996/97 campaign, replaces Trevor Croly as Rovers aim for a late push for a European place in the League of Ireland.

Fenlon has been without a job since leaving Hibs last November and is understood to have rebuffed advances from Linfield, Sligo Rovers and Drogheda United.

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Rovers host another of his former clubs, Derry City, tomorrow evening.

Fenlon said: "I am delighted to be taking over. The team is in a good position, so we'll look to push on and build on that. We will work hard to start on a positive note."