Scottish Premier League

Fenlon hits back at Brown

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Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:06:00

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has denied his relationship with coach Jose Mourinho is strained despite losing his first-team place at the Bernabeu.

The 31-year-old Spaniard had been first choice for club and country for over a decade but fell down the pecking order at Madrid after suffering a hand injury in January.

Mourinho signed Diego Lopez as cover during the transfer window and the former Villarreal custodian has kept his place despite the return to full fitness of Madrid's talismanic captain.

Casillas insists, however, that he is "good" and "training quite brilliantly", while adding that he is "helping the team as much as he can".

Asked at promotional event to describe his relationship with Mourinho, he said: "It wasn't cold, it was honest. We have a great professional relationship."

He added: "I'm training the same as I was before the injury.

"Someone else decides, not me, but I'm happy because when I got the all-clear the hand was great and now I have to wait for my chance."

Bottom side Dees need Hibs to avoid defeat against fellow relegation rivals St Mirren on Saturday if they are to have any chance of extending their fight against relegation for another week.

After watching the Scottish Cup finalists draw a blank at home against the Dons, Brown said that he "didn't see any hunger, desire or willingness to put their foot in," while predicting a result for the Buddies in Leith.

Fenlon, though, alluded to the former Rangers defender's on-going links with his former side - Brown stood on the steps of Ibrox last summer and raised questions about the Charles Green-led consortium's takeover of the club - as he responded to his disparaging comments.

"Obviously we know what he is trying to do but I'm not really too concerned about it," said the Dubliner.

"There was only one team on the pitch (on Monday) when you looked at the game.

"We created three or four really good chances so I am not worried about what he has to say.

"I have a big job trying to manage Hibs, he seems to be able to manage Dundee, Hibs and Rangers at the same time.

"I don't know how he does that - I am busy enough doing this one.

"I don't need any pressure from outside, I put pressure on myself to win football matches.

"You will probably be better off asking him what is his thinking behind it."

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