Trio Enter Race To Become Bolton Manager

  • October 06, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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According to reports that emerged over the weekend, the trio of Malky Mackay, Neil Lennon and Chris Hughton are all interested in becoming the next Bolton manager.

Wanderers are searching for a fifth boss in seven years, following their decision to sack Dougie Freedman on Friday, and their precarious financial situation means they are likely to focus their attention on managers currently out of work.

Southend United boss Phil Brown, a former Bolton captain, is currently the favourite with a number of bookmakers, but the latest reports appear to indicate alternative targets are in the frame to take over from Freedman at Macron Stadium.

Latest odds* at Sky Bet place Mackay (5/1) in third position in the race to become the next Trotters boss, while Lennon (16/1) and Hughton (20/1) are currently considered as outside options in a list that also includes Tony Mowbray (9/2), Steve Clarke (8/1), Nigel Clough (8/1) and Wanderers' academy coach Jimmy Phillips (8/1).

Mackay has been out of work since being sacked at Cardiff City last December, following a two-and-a-half year spell in charge of the Bluebirds.

During his time at the Cardiff City Stadium, Mackay guided the club to the 2012 League Cup final - where they lost on penalties to Liverpool - before winning promotion to the Premier League the following season as Championship champions.

He was removed from his position 18 games into their return to the top flight, with City standing 16th in the table. The decision stunned many followers of the game, although it later emerged that a series of racist, sexist and homophobic text messages between himself and Iain Moody - a former head of recruitment at the same football club - were the reason behind his departure.

Following a successful spell as caretaker manager, Lennon was named manager of Celtic in June 2010 and led the club to the Scottish Cup in his first season at Parkhead.

After finishing a point behind Glasgow Rangers in their pursuit of the Scottish Premier League, Lennon guided Celtic to three successive titles between 2012 and 2014 and oversaw their progress to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League in his final season at the helm.

Lennon resigned from his position in May 2014 and has since been linked with clubs such as Norwich City and Huddersfield Town, but recently admitted to media outlets that he is awaiting the right opportunity to return to management.

After two spells as caretaker manager at Newcastle United, Hughton was handed the position on a permanent basis in the summer of 2009 and given the task of helping the Magpies return to the Premier League at the first attempt - following their relegation from the Premier League.

The Tottenham Hotspur icon did exactly what was asked, as Newcastle surpassed the 100-point total to claim the Championship title with ease. They lost just four of their 46 league games that season - won 30, drew 12 - and remained unbeaten at St James' Park for the duration of the campaign.

Hughton was sacked midway through the following season, despite helping the club into the top-half of the Premier League.

He was unveiled as the manager of Birmingham City in June 2011 and guided the Blues to a 4th-placed finish in the Championship, before returning to the top-flight as the successor to Paul Lambert at Norwich City. The Canaries finished 11th in the Premier League in Hughton's first season at Carrow Road, but he was sacked in April 2014 with the club hovering just above the relegation zone.

* Odds correct at the time of writing

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