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Lennon in frame for a return to the hotseat with Belgian giants

By Stuart McKinley

Published 28/05/2016

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been shortlisted for the top post at Belgian giants Anderlecht
Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been shortlisted for the top post at Belgian giants Anderlecht

Neil Lennon has been handed an opportunity to get back into football management by Belgium's most successful club after he missed out on a return to Celtic.

The former Parkhead boss has revealed that he was interviewed by the Celtic board before they decided to appoint fellow Ulsterman Brendan Rodgers as their new manager.

Lennon, who left Bolton Wanderers in March, may not be out of work for much longer though, with his name featuring on a shortlist at Belgian giants Anderlecht.

The Brussels club are searching for a new manager after sacking of Albanian boss Besnik Hasi when they lost out on the league title to Club Brugge.

Former England manager Steve McClaren and ex-Denmark boss Morten Olsen are also understood to be in the frame, but Lennon has confirmed that he is currently mulling over an offer.

"I have an offer from abroad that I am seriously considering and there are a few jobs in England where I might get the opportunity to go and speak to clubs," he said.

"There are a lot of clubs in England who will be looking for managers, so hopefully I will get back in."

Lennon had made no secret of his interest in returning to Celtic, where he was manager from 2010 to 2014, after his successor Ronny Deila announced that he was leaving the club at the end of the season.

The club, however, decided to go down a different road despite speaking to the Lurgan-born former Northern Ireland international.

"I was close to Celtic, I just got pipped by Brendan. I was interviewed last week and then I got the shout on Friday they were going to announce someone else," he said.

e SHANE Ferguson is hoping to join up with the Northern Ireland squad for Euro 2016 next week as a Championship player.

The 24-year-old hasn't been part of Michael O'Neill's squad so far in the build-up to France as he prepares to take his place in the Millwall team that faces Barnsley in the League One play-off final at Wembley tomorrow.

The Lions finished fourth at the end of the season, four points adrift of automatic promotion and seven points better off than Barnsley - who won both league meetings between the teams during the league campaign.

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