Fenlon promises Hibs changes
Hibernian boss Pat Fenlon claims there will be changes at Easter Road this summer following their defeat by Hearts in the Scottish Cup final.
Last Updated: 19/05/12 7:29pm
Hibernian boss Pat Fenlon claims there will be changes at Easter Road this summer following their humiliating defeat by Hearts in the Scottish Cup final.
In the first all-Edinburgh Scottish Cup final since 1896, Hibs were crushed 5-1 at Hampden Park and now remain winless in 11 derby attempts over three years.
Rudi Skacel's double and goals from Darren Barr, Danny Grainger - from the spot - and Ryan McGowan had Hearts on easy street against 10-man Hibs, who had Pa Kujabi sent off just after the break.
And after the game Fenlon, who took charge at the club in November, slated his players.
Hibs may have won their SPL survival fight, but defeat by their bitter rivals left the manager apologetic and more determined than ever to stamp his mark on the club.
"I apologise to our own supporters, it was a desperately disappointing day," he said.
"We didn't have any players today, it was probably summed up in that (substitute) Eoin Doyle was probably our best player and I don't know how long he was on.
"When you send a team out the least you expect is desire and work rate and we didn't have that today.
"Sometimes you can have games where you are not good enough, we didn't show any real hunger.
"There is a softness about the place that we need to change.
"We have to sit down and analyse it but obviously there has to be changes to the type of player we recruit to the club.
"You think players would be busting a gut to play but we didn't have that today, that's probably what's wrong with the football club at the moment, lack of desire and will to win."
Fenlon also denied gesturing towards taunting Hearts fans after he was sent to the stand in the final seconds of the clash.
As the celebrating Hearts supporters mockingly chanted "There's only one Pat Fenlon", the Irishman appeared to gesture at them and was sent off by referee Craig Thomson.
However, Fenlon denied reacting to his tormentors, saying: "No I didn't. I made a gesture in relation to the way we were playing. We kept giving the ball away cheaply.
"I don't know what they were singing to be honest.
"There is a helluva lot made in relation to the gesture but we want to talk about the game, we were well beaten today, they were miles ahead of us and it was a difficult day for everybody."