Fenlon sure Nicholl will boost Hibs

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PAT FENLON hopes that the appointment of Jimmy Nicholl as his assistant manager will help the next batch of youngsters break into the first team at Easter Road.

Former Raith Rovers, Millwall and Cowdenbeath boss Nicholl had been working alongside Kenny Shiels at Kilmarnock but quit the Ayrshire club to take up the post of No. 2 to Fenlon after the Rugby Park manager was sacked. Fenlon is looking forward to working with the former Northern Ireland internationalist.

Fenlon said “I am delighted to have such an experienced coach as my assistant. Jimmy has a deep knowledge of the game and of Scottish football in particular and will be a great asset to the club. He is particularly good in the development of young players and this is another important factor for the club.”

Nicholl, who played for Rangers, Manchester United and Sunderland, takes up the post with immediate effect and, with the players returning to pre-season training today, he can’t wait to get started.

He said: “When Pat spoke of his plans for the club it was an easy decision for me. I hope to contribute to the on-going development and success of one of Scotland’s leading clubs.”