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Hibernian confirm appointment of Neil Lennon as new manager

The former Northern Ireland international has signed a two-year deal with the Scottish Championship side.

Neil Lennon is back in management.
Neil Lennon is back in management.
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Updated at 22.15pm

FORMER CELTIC BOSS Neil Lennon is on his way back to Scotland after agreeing to become Hibernian’s new manager following the departure of Alan Stubbs.

Stubbs joined English Championship side Rotherham last week, leaving one of Scotland’s biggest managerial jobs vacant, although the Edinburgh side are currently plying their trade in the second tier.

Lennon takes over the Scottish Cup holders, a title that will see them play in the Europa League next season, following a nightmare 17-month reign at Bolton Wanderers.

He joins on a two-year deal.

“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,” Rod Petrie, Hibernian chairman, said.

Lennon’s Bolton tenure ended prematurely in March when the former Northern Ireland international left the club by mutual consent.

The Trotters had a year to forget as they secured just five wins from their 46 league games and were relegated to England’s third tier with a meagre tally of 30 points, 19 points from safety.

Off the field, their financial woes continued to linger with the club eventually taken over by a group led by former player Dean Holdsworth.

Lennon was at the helm at Celtic Park between 2010 and 2014, where the Armagh man led the Scottish giants to three successive league titles and two Scottish Cups.

The 44-year-old admitted he was interested in returning to Celtic following the departure of Ronny Deila at the end of last season but had to reassess his options when Brendan Rodgers was appointed to that post.

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