Where next for Neil Lennon?
With his surprising exit from Celtic being announced yesterday, and several high-profile manager’s jobs up for grabs, where will Neil Lennon take his next managerial role?
May 23rd, 2014
Lennon’s four years with the Bhoys will no doubt be best remembered for the 2-1 win over Barcelona in the group stages of the Champions League 2012/13 – revenge for the late, late goal which Celtic conceded to lose by the same scoreline just six weeks earlier in Spain. With three SPL titles and two Scottish Cups to boot, Lennon’s CV is admittedly rather strong considering Celtic were the first team he managed!
Having taken the team as far as he reasonably could with the squad he had, Lennon walks away from Celtic without a new job lined up – though he has spoken often of the desire to manage in England. Which clubs could be clamouring to sign him up before the new season gets underway?
Going on the general rule of thumb that the SPL is equivalent to the English Championship in terms of prestige and quality, a club like Brighton with top-flight aspiration may be a natural fit for Lennon. Having conceded six goals in the two-legged defeat in the play-offs, a seasoned Old Firm campaigner like Lennon knows the value of pushing for the top two! With the right squad it could be just the sort of challenge he would relish – Lennon is currently 6-1 for the job with Coral.
A team relegated from the Premier League knows how important for their coffers it is to secure an immediate return – and the Cottagers’ first ever taste of Championship football in its current branding will be key in determining their chances of promotion, unlike the many yo-yo clubs we’ve seen over the decade Lennon must have some assurances that their place is back in the Premier League as soon as possible. As the 4-1 favourite with BetVictor, Fulham fans would be glad to see Lennon take the reins.
You’ll get some much stronger odds from BetVictor that Lennon will be the next man at the King Power Stadium – the even money’s on him taking the job! The Football League Champions have reached the Premier League for the first time in a decade, and although you’d think Nigel Pearson’s job would be reasonably secure, perhaps Lennon will find himself towards the top of their list should things not work out as the season wears on.