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Neil Lennon to keep Bolton job despite press claims

By Cate McCurry

Published 23/12/2015

Affair claim: Neil Lennon
Affair claim: Neil Lennon

Bolton have announced Neil Lennon will remain in charge of the club after an investigation into allegations about his private life.

An article appeared in a newspaper over the weekend, sparking an internal inquiry.

The Sunday Mirror reported that a woman - known only as Kim - was allegedly having an affair with the former Northern Ireland international.

She claimed the Lurgan-born ex-Celtic boss told her that someone "could" hold a knife to her throat if she revealed their affair to his partner, Irene. Kim also claimed that Lennon made a report to police in England claiming he was being blackmailed.

The allegations prompted an internal investigation by Bolton.

In a statement, the club said: "Bolton Wanderers Football Club can announce that they have now concluded an internal investigation into an article published in the Sunday Mirror on December 20.

"The club has dealt with the matter internally and acted accordingly, details of which will remain private. Neil Lennon will remain in charge of the first-team squad. The club will be making no further comment on the matter."

The story also stated that Lennon, capped 40 times by Northern Ireland, tried to ban them from publishing the article and that he made a blackmail allegation to police but did not pursue it.

Kim claimed that the pair had an argument after she threatened to tell his partner about the affair and then claimed that Lennon told her someone "could" hold a knife to her throat if she spoke out. Lennon, however, has continually denied making the threat.

She also claimed that Lennon offered her £10,000 cash to end their relationship, but she did not take the money as she "didn't want to be bought".

The newspaper also claimed Lennon had faced other cheating allegations in the past.

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