Garry O’Connor brands Pat Fenlon as his “worst manager”

Garry O'Connor, right, was unimpressed by boss Pat Fenlon. Pic: SNS
Garry O'Connor, right, was unimpressed by boss Pat Fenlon. Pic: SNS
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FORMER Hibs striker Garry O’Connor has described Pat Fenlon as the worst manager he’s ever worked under.

O’Connor blamed the Irishman, who resigned as Easter Road boss in November, for the 5-1 Scottish Cup final hammering by Capital rivals Hearts in 2012.

When asked who was his worst manager, O’Connor said: “Pat Fenlon. His tactics – I felt that he killed us in that Scottish Cup final. I don’t think he handled the Scottish Cup final very well and that’s why I didn’t sign (for Hibs) the second time around.”

O’Connor, who made his debut for Morton last weekend, added: “Leading up to the final, Fenlon had about three different teams and we had a lot of issues in the hotel before the game with bonuses and players not being in the squad.

“It’s not what you need before a Scottish Cup final.”

O’Connor, who signed a one-year contract to return to Hibs in June 2011 following a six-year spell with the club between 2000 and 2006, believes many of the Hibs players were unsettled under Fenlon despite the manager steering the club clear of relegation trouble in his first season with the Edinburgh club.

He said: “The year he came in, we got safe and the year after we got a better finish but, in my eyes, it was the wrong decision to bring Pat in.

“I didn’t enjoy my time with him and they’ve got the right man now in Terry Butcher.

“The season I was there, the players definitely lost faith in him and a few of the boys will tell you that.”