Bolton Appoint Neil Lennon as Manager

  • October 12, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton have confirmed the appointment of Neil Lennon, who will succeed Dougie Freedman as first-team manager at Macron Stadium.

Lennon has been out of work since leaving Celtic at the end of last season, following a four-year spell in which he helped the Parkhead club to three successive Scottish Premier League titles, two Scottish Cups and a place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

The 43-year-old had been set to fly out to Saudi Arabia to hold talks with Al-Ittihad, but has instead decided to take up the reigns at the Championship's bottom club - where he will be assisted by Johan Mjallby and first-team coach Garry Parker.

Speculation surrounding the identity of the new Wanderers manager had been rife for the last nine days, since Freedman's sudden departure, with Lennon on a shortlist believed to have included names such as Chris Hughton, Malky Mackay and Steve Clarke.

All four men are reported to have held talks with owner Eddie Davies, chairman Phil Gartside and vice chairman Brett Warbuton over the course of the last week, but Lennon's strong character and experience of working under difficult circumstances at Celtic left the Wanderers board in no doubt about their decision.

Lennon has signed a three-year contract with the Trotters. He will take charge of training for the first time on Monday morning, with his first game set to be next Saturday's trip to Birmingham City.

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