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Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon tasked with saving Bolton

SkyBet Championship strugglers, Bolton Wanderers, have confirmed the appointment of Neil Lennon as their new manager with Johan Mjallby and Garry Parker joining the management team.

Lennon’s first match in charge will be away to Birmingham City on Saturday where ironically, his former Celtic assistant, Alan Thompson is part of the backroom staff.

Thompson was side by side with Lennon through his toughest times as Celtic manager but the pair split up in the summer of 2012 after winning the SPL title.

Lennon resigned from the Celtic job in June after four successful seasons and replaces Dougie Freedman in charge of the Championship side.

Just after 2pm the Bolton twitter feed announced: “#BWFC are delighted to announce the appointment of Neil Lennon as the club’s new manager. #WelcomeNeil

“Lennon, 43, joins #BWFC after four years at @celticfc where he won three league titles and two cups. #WelcomeNeil

“Lennon will be joined at #BWFC by assistant manager Johan Mjallby and first team coach Garry Parker. #­WelcomeNeil.”

Lennon faces a big challenge at Bolton with the club stuck at the bottom of the table with just five points from 11 matches.

With a debt of £168m he will have to use all of the skills that saw him attract players North of the Border despite the financial disparity bewteen Scottish football and the top leagues in Europe. With little money to spend, Lennon will have to scour the European market - as he did for the Hoops in the hope that he can eek out enough improvement to stay up.

Before relegation from the Premier League in 2012, Bolton had spent eleven seasons in the top flight.

JB

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