Lennon: Selling Chung-Yong is My Biggest Regret

  • September 22, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon admits the biggest regret of his first year in charge of Bolton was overseeing Lee Chung-Yong's transfer to Crystal Palace.

After struggling to overcome a double leg fracture sustained July 2011, Chung-Yong finally appeared to be returning to his best form upon Lennon's arrival at Macron Stadium, but departed after just three months under his stewardship after completing a £500,000 switch to Selhurst Park.

When asked if he would have done anything differently in his first year with Wanderers, Lennon used hindsight to express disappointment at team selections and tactical decisions, but revealed Chung-Yong's February deadline day move to the Eagles ranks at the top of his list.

"If I could have held on to Chung-Yong Lee, I would have done that," Lennon told BBC Radio Manchester.

"He was coming to the end of his contract, was on a big wage and he wanted to go. So, unfortunately for us, we had to sell him last February.

"He was a fantastic player. He just made such a difference to the team and my one regret is that we couldn't hold on to him for another year."

Since leaving Bolton, Chung-Yong has made just seven appearances for Alan Pardew's side, starting twice, and netted his only goal in a 4-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town in the second round of this season's League Cup.

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