Fenlon Phone Melts Under Pressure

01 February 2012 01:40
Nine new players with six leaving means that Pat Fenlon has made his moves to improve his squad at Hibs

The January transfer window closed with a whisper rather than a slam this time around. The rumour mill was spinning all through last month with both Rangers and Hearts supposed to be slashing wage bills by letting nearly all their squads leave fro other clubs. As always, you should never trust a rumour. Other websites will provide the details of the ins and outs but the hottest phone on the last couple of transfer days appears to belong to Pat Fenlon who managed to get four new players signed for Hibs on deadline day. The Easter Road side have signed nearly a full team with Matt Doherty (loan till June), Roy O'Donovan (loan till June), Jorge Claros (loan till January 2013), Pa Saikou Kajabi (signed till June 2013), George Francomb (loan till June), Tom Soares (loan till June), James McPake (loan till June), Eoin Doyle (signed till June 2013) and Leigh Griffiths (loan extended till June) all agreeing to help the club avoid relegation. It is no surprise that Hibs have been busy as their current squad has been failing in a consistent manner for some time now with the club languishing at the bottom end of the SPL. Assistant manager Billy Brown has been critical of how the side defend of late and his boss, Fenlon, has not been jumping to their defence of late. His neck is on the chopping block as Hibs have shown no sympathy for managers who do not deliver the goods. Their two most recent managers were sacked on the day the club held their AGM. Fenlon will be hoping that his efforts will bear fruit in the points column of the table and he can sleep easy on the eve of the next AGM. Akpo Sodje, Michael Hart, Junior Agogo, Victor Passon, Matthew Thornhill and David Crawford have all left the club during the same transfer period. The squad has expanded by a net three players. Chairman Rod Petrie will be checking that the increase in Fenlon's phone bill and the wages going out will be a worthwhile investment and keep the club in the top flight.