Neil Lennon's First Interview as Bolton Manager

  • October 13, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon is ready to make his mark at Bolton, although his short-term target is to lift the club from its current rut.

Lennon was appointed Wanderers manager on Sunday, nine days after the dismissal of former boss Dougie Freedman.

The former Celtic manager saw off competition from Chris Hughton, Malky Mackay and Steve Clarke to land the role at Macron Stadium and he admits he is looking forward to the challenge of another big job.

"I think there is a really good structure within the club," Lennon told BBC Radio Five Live. "I went round the training facility yesterday (Saturday), which was absolutely fantastic.

"I know the stadium well and I think they have got some very good players at the club.

"I have got a big job on my hands - that's part of the challenge, getting Bolton back up the table.

"It's a great challenge and I'm very excited about it. I've left one club with a great history and I'm going to another.

"I feel very lucky. I spoke to Phil Gartside on Wednesday and then met him and Eddie Davies - they are good football people and, obviously, they are hurting a little bit because of the situation the club finds itself in at the minute. But they are trusting me to change that and I'm really looking forward to doing that.

"It takes time, it won't be done overnight. In the short term I'm working with the players that I have got and I think there is a good core. I think I've tried to sign half a dozen of them.

"I know the qualities they have got and I want to work with that rather than look over my shoulder at other players.

"Our main objective, particularly in the short-term, will be to work with the first team and try to put right the results that have gone against us recently.

"I want to play a style of football that will please the Bolton fans."

Lennon will be officially unveiled to the media at a press conference on Tuesday and will take charge of the team for the first time on Saturday, when Wanderers face Birmingham City at St Andrew's.

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