Neil Lennon: Bolton Spell Was a 'Bad Experience'

  • March 29, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon admits his time at Bolton was a 'bad experience', but he looks back on his 18 months at the club as a learning curve.

Succeeding Dougie Freedman at Macron Stadium, Lennon held the post as manager of Wanderers between October 2014 and March 2016 before losing his job just weeks before the club suffered relegation to League One for the first time in 23 years.

Over four years on from his departure and having recently celebrated 10 years in management, the 48-year-old says the pressures and strains of life in England were completely different to his successes at Celtic.

"It was a bad experience, but one you learn from," Lennon told BBC Sport.

"You're used to winning up here (Celtic). You never take it for granted, but your weekends are normally quite good. Bolton was the total opposite.

"Football management is lonely at times. Everything stops with you. You have to strike a balance, you can't let it dominate your life. If it's 24/7 and you're winning then everything is brilliant, but when it's 24/7 and things are going wrong you have to have a valve you can turn off.

"You have to find other things to do even though at times it's virtually impossible. I always remember Fergie [Sir Alex Ferguson] telling me that when Roger Federer lost a final he would take his family out to dinner and they weren't allowed to talk about tennis. That's a good one.

"You analyse a game to death but you can't get it back. Deal with it on the day and move on. Fergie had the horses as a distraction. I like to read. It can't always be work, work, work or it will grind you down eventually."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 80
8 Oxford United 46 76
9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
10 Portsmouth 46 73
11 Ipswich Town 46 70
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