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Neil Francis Lennon (born 25 June 1971 in Lurganmarker, County Armagh) is an Irish former professional footballer from Northern Irelandmarker. He is the former captain of Celtic where he was first-team coach having moved from Wycombe Wanderers on 3 April 2008. Following the appointment of Tony Mowbray as Celtic manager, Lennon's role at the club was changed. From the start of season 2009-10 he will coach the Celtic reserve side.

Club career

After joining Manchester City as a trainee in 1989, Lennon played for Crewemarker and Leicester City, before moving to Celtic in 2000. Lennon became Celtic captain in 2005.

When his former club Leicester City sacked Craig Levein, Lennon was linked with a return to the Midlands side in a player-manager role. He went on record saying he was flattered but wanted to captain Celtic to the SPL title.

Although he was also linked with a possible move to Crystal Palace in a player/coach role in the summer of 2006, on 23 June 2006, Celtic announced he had signed a new one-year contract. Sunderland manager Roy Keane made an attempt to sign Lennon prior to the closure of the August 2006 transfer window, but his approach for the player was rejected by Celtic. On 25 April 2007, Lennon announced he would be leaving Celtic. He ended his service for the club on 26 May 2007 by captaining the team to victory in the Scottish Cup Final against Dunfermline Athletic. Celtic’s 1-0 win clinched the League and Cup Double.

Lennon was linked with the vacant manager's job at Hibernian in Edinburghmarker after the resignation of John Collins. However the job was given to Mixu Paatelainen.

Lennon joined Nottingham Forest on a one year deal with an option for a second year on 12 June 2007.

He made his Nottingham Forest debut captaining the side in a 0-0 draw at home to Bournemouth. He missed a week's training with Forest because of family reasons in Scotland and lost his place in the team as a consequence.

Lennon joined Wycombe Wanderers on 31 January 2008, leaving on 3 April 2008 to take up a coaching role with Celtic.

International career

Lennon was cap 40 times by Northern Ireland, scoring two goals. He is a former captain of the team.

Lennon decided to retire from international football in August 2002 upon receiving a death threat before a Northern Ireland match against Cyprus. The threats came after his alleged claim that he wanted to play for a team representing a United Ireland. The threat was allegedly made by the Loyalist Volunteer Force, although the organisation later disputed this . The death threat was met with widespread disgust from both sections of the community in Northern Ireland.

Personal life

In September 2008, it was reported that Lennon was the victim of an assault whilst in the West End of Glasgowmarker, his attackers were subsequently charged, found guilty and jailed for 2 years each on 16 January 2009.

Honours

Leicester City


Celtic


References

  1. Exclusive: Lenny comes home
  2. ESPN.com Soccernet Scotland: News - Lennon delighted with reception
  3. Who really threatened to kill Neil Lennon?; Making death threats | Sunday Herald, The | Find Articles at BNET.com
  4. BBC NEWS | Programmes | World at One | Driven out by hate


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