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Can Neil Lennon rescue Bolton Wanderers from relegation?

"I've got a big job on my hands, but that's the challenge"


Lennon replaces Dougie Freedman as the latest manager of Bolton, with the former Celtic boss having a job on his hands

Neil Lennon has returned to football management just a few months after stepping down from the Celtic job, with the Northern Irishman accepting terms to take charge of Bolton Wanderers.

The 43-year-old has been linked with a series of vacant posts since leaving Celtic Park although he has decided to cut his teeth south of the border by managing a team who currently look in danger of being relegated from the Sky Bet Championship.

While the season is still in its infancy, Bolton are bottom of the league, having accrued just five points from their first eleven matches and the team have lost their last five matches in all competitions.

“I’ve got a big job on my hands, but that’s the challenge,” Lennon told BBC Radio 5 live. “I’m very excited about that.

“My objective is to put right the results that have gone against us recently and get them playing a style of football that will please the Bolton fans.”

“I’ve left one great club with a great history and I’m going to another club with a great history,” added Lennon.

“They are great football people, but they are hurting with the situation the club finds itself in at the minute. They have entrusted me to change that and I am very lucky.”

A statement on Bolton’s website said: “The club are delighted and excited to appoint Neil Lennon. He brings with him experience at the highest level and an infectious enthusiasm to take the club forward.”

Wanderers’ objective will be to stay in the Championship this season and they are second favourites on the relegation market right now, with 888sport offering 6/4 that Bolton go down to League One.

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