MikeD Posted June 24, 2004 Share Posted June 24, 2004 I found this two week old article in The Scotsman's archives. Sorry if it was posted already, but I didn't remember seeing it. The part relevant to Paul Fenwick is in bold below. ***** Venus won't be linchpin DAVID HARDIE HIBS will hand Mark Venus a playing contract if he accepts an offer to become new boss Tony Mowbray’s right-hand man at Easter Road. But claims Mowbray is ready to build his defence around his 37-year-old pal are wide of the mark. Instead Venus, who played alongside Mowbray for four years at Ipswich Town, will use his vast experience to help guide Hibs’ young players in reserve matches. Venus is expected to be unveiled as Mowbray’s assistant when the Hibs manager returns from holiday next week but while keen to use his former team-mate’s knowledge on the pitch it is understood he doesn’t see him featuring regularly in the SPL. The veteran defender began his career with his hometown club Hartlepool, spent three seasons with Leicester City and made 287 appearances for Wolverhampton Wanderers before spending six years at Portman Road and then moving on to Cambridge. Central defence, however, is one area of his side Mowbray will be looking closely at with the pace of Mathias Doumbe having been lost with the 24-year-old French star following ex-manager Bobby Williamson to Plymouth Argyle. However, Mowbray still has Northern Ireland’s Colin Murdock, veteran defender Gary Smith and Paul Fenwick at his disposal, the Canadian defender having made clear his intention to win back a first-team jersey after being frozen out by Williamson last season. Hibs are also in negotiations aimed at extending Scotland ace Gary Caldwell’s stay at Easter Road, the 21-year-old having impressed Mowbray during the recent international victory over Trinidad and Tobago at Easter Road in which the Stirling-born youngster played a holding role in midfield. Mowbray met Caldwell for the first time after that match, the player later declaring his preference would be to sign a new contract with Hibs if a deal could be struck. Meanwhile, former Hibs assistant manager Gerry McCabe has joined Williamson at Home Park, the Easter Road connection on the south coast of England strengthened even further with the news that John Blackley, who had been expected to follow Paul Sturrock to Southampton this summer, will stay with Plymouth as a coach after all. Hibs fans were today reminded they have until 4pm tomorrow to take advantage of the club’s "early bird" season ticket offer as it was disclosed sales have rocketed above the 4000 mark with a remarkable 500 sold yesterday. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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