Lennon looking forward to ‘huge challenge’ as new Bolton manager

first_img1 New Bolton manager Neil Lennon New Bolton boss Neil Lennon claims the challenge facing him as the new Bolton manager exactly what he was looking for following his successful spell in charge of Celtic.The 43-year-old Northern Irishman was unveiled as Dougie Freedman’s successor at Wanderers on Monday afternoon in what is his first job since he left the Glasgow giants in May.After a successful four-year stint north of the border when he guided the Bhoys to three league titles, two cups and a memorable Champions League triumph over Barcelona, Lennon faces an altogether different task at a club anchored to the bottom of the Championship table.“It’s a huge challenge, a massive challenge and that’s what I was looking for,” he said.“It’s the stimulus of a challenge. Things went really well at Celtic but I felt I’d run my course. I had six months out of the game which I’d enjoyed but I started to get the itch again. Bolton have entrusted me with this opportunity and I’m very grateful for that.”Lennon experienced a hugely decorated time with Celtic, having also accumulated multiple medals during seven years as a Bhoys player.He hopes that success can be translated to his new post after signing a three-year deal along with assistant Johan Mjallby and first-team coach Garry Parker, with his first task being to lift the side off the foot of the standings.Asked what Bolton chairman Phil Gartside and owner Eddie Davies hope Lennon can bring, he added: “They want me to endeavour to bring a winning mentality to the team, to the club and not just at first-team level but right through the club.“It was in our DNA at Celtic to win; a draw wouldn’t be satisfactory. You had to win week in, week out and play to a certain standard.“Over the 14 years as player, coach and manager I was used to that. Johan played with me and worked with me so he has that mentality as well. We want to instil that into the players.“We’ve got good players here, the structure and the infrastructure of the club is fantastic,” he added“It’s got everything you need for Premier League football, never mind Championship football.“I’m looking forward to just instilling a little self-belief in them. Obviously, with results being the way they are, confidence is slightly low.“But we’ve got 35 games – that’s a season in some countries – so there’s plenty of time to get it right.”last_img read more