Shamrock Rovers have confirmed that former Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon is to take charge of the Dublin club with immediate effect.

Fenlon replaces Trevor Croly in the Tallaght hotseat after Croly and Rovers parted company following a string of bad results that left the Hoops 12 points off the pace at the top of the Airtricity Premier Division and outside of the European football places.

The new Rovers boss will take training with his squad for the first time this afternoon and will be in charge for Friday evening's League clash with Derry at Tallaght Stadium.

Fenlon, who previously managed Shelbourne, Bohemians, Derry City as well as Hibs, is confident in the quality of his new squad and said: "The team is in a good position, and so we’ll be looking to push on and build on that.

"I am familiar with the team having seen them numerous times this season and so we will get to work straight away.

"I'm looking forward to the game against Derry City on Friday night. Hopefully there will be a big crowd and we will work hard to get a result from the game and start on a positive note.”

"There are just three points between us and third place going into the last round of fixtures"

Hoops chairman Jonathan Roche is confident that his new manager can make an immediate impact and has tasked him with ensuring that Rovers qualify for Europe.

"There are just three points between us and third place going into the last round of fixtures, and we have a big game coming up against Derry City on Friday night," he said.

"So it was very important that we moved quickly to put a manager in place to make sure that he has the chance to hit the ground running. European qualification is extremely important to the club and so we need to keep the pressure on in that regard.

“Pat is the right person for the job at this time and so there was no need for delay."

Trevor Croly