The Hibernian manager has found little cause for positivity in front of him at Easter Road since his side have suffered defeat in each of their last four matches, while there are many supporters who feel that they have seen enough and want the Irishman out.
It is an uncomfortable position for Fenlon, not least since any hope of bringing in former Celtic winger Paddy McCourt seems extinguished after the Northern Irishman went on trial at Barnsley. It is little wonder then that the Hibs manager's mind wandered all the way to Wembley, if only as a means of escape.
He found a source of succour in the sight of Leigh Griffiths coming off the bench to play for Scotland against England on Wednesday, though. The striker had been an errant presence during two loan spells at Hibs but found form under Fenlon to the extent that he is now considered good enough to be called up regularly by Gordon Strachan. With the Leith side floundering, Fenlon was perhaps entitled to be buoyed by the turnaround shown by his former player.
"Things like that give you a lift that you see the likes of Leigh coming on for Scotland, and you think to where we had him at the start and the madness that went with him," said the Hibs manager. "You think, 'good on you'. He's worked hard and you also feel that you've contributed to that as well, you've got him in a position where you're hopeful he can fulfil his potential.
"If you had said a year-and-a-half ago that he would come on for Scotland at Wembley, people would say you're off your trolley. But there you go. I'm delighted for him."
His attention will return to Leith and a match with Dundee United tomorrow, though. The dugouts are likely to feel like a pretty stifling environment, since United have yet to show signs of conviction this term either. The Tannadice side lost at home to Inverness Caledonian Thistle last Sunday and will be desperate to give a better account of themselves in Edinburgh.
"There's pressure on me, the players here and there's pressure on everyone in football. That's why we're in the job we're in," said Jackie McNamara, the United manager, who is running the rule over Mark Wilson after he returned to Tayside to train. "Even if you're winning there's pressure to keep on winning."