Neil Lennon is named as Hibernian’s new manager

Neil Lennon braced for ‘special’ Celtic return
September 28, 2017

Neil Lennon is named as Hibernian’s new manager

Hibernian have appointed the former Celtic manager Neil Lennon on a two-year contract.

Lennon replaces Alan Stubbs, who quit the Easter Road club to take over at Rotherham just 11 days after leading them to their first Scottish Cup win in 114 years.

However, the Hibernian chief executive Leeann Dempster has acted swiftly and Northern Irishman has been joined in his move to Edinburgh by his former Parkhead assistant Garry Parker.

The duo’s first act will be to prepare a plan to get Hibs out of the Scottish Championship after two failed promotion campaigns under Stubbs.

The 44-year-old Lennon had looked set for a return to Celtic Park – where he won three successive league titles and led the Hoops to the last 16 of the Champions League during his first stint in charge – last month when it emerged he was among the final two candidates being considered to replace Ronny Deila.

Topm Boyd, the ex Hoops captain, said: “I don’t think anybody will have the wrong impression of Neil after Bolton. Everybody knows the reasons for why things happened there.

“There have been plenty examples over the years where managers struggle because of the financial circumstances at a club.

“But he certainly won’t have to deal with that at Hibs and he will know what a club like that needs to get back into the Premiership.”

Hibs chairman Rod Petrie told the club’s web site: “We are delighted to have secured a head coach of Neil’s calibre and profile, and we look forward to him bringing his drive and mentality to our campaign to win the Championship this season and secure promotion back to the top flight of Scottish football.”

Leeann Dempster, the club’s chief executive, added: “As soon as Neil was identified as the outstanding candidate we were determined to bring him to Easter Road. He has managed at a very high level, taking Celtic to the last 16 of the Champions League, and we were attracted by his ability to get the most out of players and his driven, winning mentality.

“On behalf of everyone at Hibernian FC, we would like to extend a warm welcome to both Neil and Garry.”

But despite being interviewed for the post, he lost out when the Scottish champions chose to appoint the former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

The former Leicester and Celtic midfielder has been out of work since leaving crisis-hit Bolton in March, but has beaten the likes of John Hughes, Stuart McCall and former Oldham and Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov to the post.

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