Neil Lennon Reveals Disappointment With Bolton Stint

  • February 15, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon believes his time at Bolton made him a better manager, having been forced into a siege mentality due to the club's off-field problems.

Lennon, whose time in charge of Wanderers spanned from October 2014 until March 2016, won just 18 of his 79 games as boss and was relieved of his duties weeks before the club dropped into the third tier of English football for the first time in 24 years.

The 47-year-old, who managed Celtic prior to his time with the Trotters, has since bounced back by guiding Hibernian into the Scottish Premiership in 2016/17 but left under a cloud in January after initially being suspended following an exchange with a club employee.

Despite the ups and downs of his time in the dugout, Lennon insists his career is far from over and the experiences of the past nine years at a trio of clubs will make him all the better when the next opportunity arises.

"Being a manager is intense, extremely demanding," Lennon told The Scottish Sun.

"I'm very much the type who puts his heart and soul into the job. It's who I am, it's what's made me successful.

"But I'm only 47. It's definitely still an ambition of mine to manage again, to coach again.

"However, I don't know when I'm going to get my next chance, and in the meantime I'll do some media work and enjoy watching football in general as a neutral.

"I think I'm a better manager now than I've ever been. No question.

"Celtic was a phenomenal experience for me, the highs and lows, the triumphs at home and in Europe.

"Bolton didn't go anywhere near how I wanted it. It was difficult. But it still opened my eyes to other aspects of football and made me stronger.

"Every experience, good or bad, makes you a better manager. My time at Hibs was great, I'm very proud of what I achieved there.

"I'm approaching ten years as a manager, I'm well over 400 games in the dugout now. I've got plenty of experience, I've learned a lot.

"I still feel I've got plenty to offer. At this moment I've got time out. But I will look for a new challenge eventually."

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9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
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