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What next for Neil Lennon after Celtic success?

| 22.05.2014

Neil Lennon has left his position as Celtic manager after four trophy-laden years at the Glasgow giants.

Coral experts have put their heads together and assess his two best options for a new job in one of England’s top two divisions.

There are potential pitfalls surrounding the Premier League vacancy at West Bromwich Albion, while he would follow in the footsteps of mentor Marin O’Neill and old Bhoys midfield teammate Paul Lambert were he to take over at recently relegated Norwich City.

West Bromwich Albion – 4/1
Lennon is behind former Canaries and Newcastle coach Chris Hughton in the betting for the next Baggies boss. There is major work to be done in overhauling both ends of the pitch at Albion.

West Brom have one senior striker on their books in Victor Anichebe, with more illustrious suitors circling talented youngster Saido Berahino.

Following the departure of Pepe Mel, who did just enough to keep them up, it was decided that none of the five loan players on the Baggies’ books last term would be signed permanently.

Coupled with the fact that Liam Ridgewell was released, then Lennon would be inheriting a squad without a left back.

A move for Honduras international Emilio Izaguirre, following his former manager south from Parkhead, would address this fairly swiftly, however, and it could be a similar story at another club that has a vacancy in the dugout.

Norwich City – 11/10
A near odds-on price suggests this is where Lennon will end up. Malky Mackay is his main competition, however, to land the role.

There are strong links between Celtic and the Canaries, so there would be a certain irony in the East Anglia outfit recruiting the former Bhoys boss amid speculation Player of the Season Robert Snodgrass could be going north.

One major plus to appointing Lennon would be the fact he got Gary Hooper to produce his best form at the Hoops, and would be expected to do so again in the Championship.

The striker’s hopes of going to the World Cup with England look like delusions of grandeur in retrospect, but critics and doubters can be dispelled if supply into him is much improved.

Sweden left back Martin Olsson will once again attract Premier League interest. After all, Norwich took him from Blackburn Rovers when the Lancashire side fell out of the top-flight, so they may reap what they once sowed in this respect. Izaguirre could alternatively thus follow Lennon to Carrow Road.



Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.