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

Sudan score at the death to deny Zanzibar

first_img0Shares0000Zanzibar’s Khamis Musa Makame vies for the ball with a Sudanese opponent during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala on December 8, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 8 – Substitute Montasir Osman scored at the death as Sudan came from a goal down and a missed penalty to play to a 1-1 draw with Zanzibar in the Group B opening match at the CECAFA Senior Challenge in Kampala on Sunday.Sudan’s Emaldeldeen Salah had missed a penalty in the first half before Khamis Musa Makame scored for Zanzibar. However, the Sudanese got a much needed point and it came just after Zanzibar had been reduced to 10 men. Ahmada Ibrahim was shown a straight red card with four minutes left to play after an elbow off the ball on Salah.Sudan had a chance to score after half an hour when Mudathir Yahya handled the ball inside the box as he tried to defend a corner, but Salah saw his effort saved and the follow up also blocked by keeper Suleiman Ahmed.Sudan made changes with Osman coming on for Awad Mohammed and he almost made an immediate impact when he struck a shot from range but it was tipped over for a corner by the keeper.In the second half Zanzibar improved in offense and were gifted with a goal 10 minutes in when Makame put the ball across the line from a goalmouth melee.But the never say die Sudan gave in a fight and were pleased to get the point at the death, Osman’s shot from range gliding past a forest of defenders to beat the keeper.0Shares0000(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more