Shamrock Rovers have confirmed that they have parted company with manager Pat Fenlon.

The announcement comes after a 2-0 home defeat to Finnish outfit RoPS Rovaniemi on Thursday in the Europa League first qualifying round.

That result looks likely to end Rovers' European campaign at the first hurdle and the Dublin club already appear to be out of the race for the Premier Division, trailing Champions Dundalk by 14 points at the half-way stage of the season.

Fenlon himself admitted that European progression would be a "big ask" following their first-leg defeat and the manner in which his side capitulated to the Finnish side appears to have been the final straw for the club, who confirmed his exit in a statement.

"The Board of Directors would like to place on record their thanks for the dedication and commitment Pat has shown over the course of three seasons with the Club," the statement read.

"Everyone at the club wishes Pat all the best in the future."

Fenlon replaced Trevor Croly as Rovers boss in 2014 but was never able to deliver silverware to Tallaght and there had been grumblings from supporters about the style of football he played.

As yet there is no indication who will replace Fenlon or whether Rovers will employ a caretaker manager for their Europa League second-leg clash on Wednesday.