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Neil Lennon leaves Celtic: West Bromwich Albion home in on former Hoops boss

By Robert Jones

West Bromwich Albion have emerged as favourites to land Neil Lennon as manager following the Northern Ireland man's dramatic exit from Celtic.

Lennon had been strongly linked with recently relegated Norwich, whose chief executive David McNally is a close friend of the Lurgan native.

But last night the Canaries agreed a three-year contract with Neil Adams, leaving the way clear for 42-year-old Lennon to land a Premier League job – with the Baggies more than keen on his services.

Another Ulsterman and ex-Celtic boss, Martin O'Neill, has backed compatriot Lennon to make it in the top flight next season.

"Why shouldn't he be a success? He has got really good experience now," said O'Neill, who managed Lennon at Parkhead.

"He has had the experience of managing what I believe is one of the best clubs in the world. That will stand him in great stead for the rest of his career."

O'Neill added: "Obviously, I know him particularly well because I signed him twice as a player, once to Leicester City and once to Celtic, and he did exceptionally well for me in both spells."

Former Bhoys striker Henrik Larsson was swiftly installed as the bookmakers' favourite to succeed Lennon – but punters are also keen on sacked Manchester United manager David Moyes.

Further Reading

Neil Lennon eyes new test after ending Celtic love affair 

Where now for Lenny?

Lennon lived his dream at Parkhead... but also endured a nightmare 

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