Bolton Opt for Safe Bet Lennon
Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon has swapped the predictability of the Scottish Premier League for the cut and thrust of the Championship and he could be just the man to save Bolton Wanderers.
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Having left Celtic at the end of last season, former manager Neil Lennon must have been confident that he could secure a job in the English Premier League.
With no top level work forthcoming for the 43 year old, however, he has instead opted for the manager’s job at Bolton Wanderers.
After four years in charge at Celtic, winning the league comfortably for the last three seasons, Lennon will have been keen for a slightly less predictable life but, in taking a job in the English Championship, he has thrust himself into the kind of exciting, invigorating environment most of us will only experience through the Microgaming Casinos and slots offered by gambling land. The question is, is he ready for the pressure at the Macron Stadium?
Lennon takes over at Bolton with the club one point adrift at the bottom of the table, five points from safety and having endured a torrid start to the season.
Not only do the Trotters have the second worst defence in the league, but they also have the second worst attack; after 11 games they have managed to score just eight goals. Wanderers have won just once in the league this season and, as the table below shows, are currently on a four-match losing streak - the timing couldn’t be better for a new man to inspire a fightback.
Neil Lennon may not have attracted the attention of the Premier League’s big boys this summer but he has a proven track record and will expect high standards from his players. He built a solid, well-drilled side at Celtic Park, even managing to defeat Barcelona in the Champions League of 2012-13.
Fàbregas and Messi both appeared for Barcelona against Celtic.
Lennon was always a battler on the field and has continued to show his mettle as a manager - he will need all his fighting powers to prevent Bolton from being relegated this season. His first game in charge comes on Saturday at Birmingham City and with the Blues down in 20th place it is a must-win game for the Trotters.