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Neil Lennon says sorry after mistress allegations

By Lesley Houston

Bolton boss Neil Lennon has issued an apology following the recent controversy surrounding his private life.

The former Northern Ireland international said he was "very sorry for his actions" in the wake of allegations that he threatened a woman reported to be his mistress.

The football manager's assistant said Lennon regretted the episode and wanted to move on.

It follows confirmation on Monday that the Lurgan man would remain in his post after Wanderers launched an internal investigations into the allegations.

The story claimed a woman known only as Kim was having a relationship with him.

She alleged the ex-Celtic boss told her that someone could hold a knife to her throat if she revealed the pair's alleged affair to his partner, Irene.

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

The woman also claimed that Lennon offered her £10,000 in cash to call it quits, but she rejected the offer stating she "didn't want to be bought".

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

Lennon's assistant, Steve Walford, said the manager had addressed the matter with his squad and was hoping to move on from it ahead of a Boxing Day clash with Rotherham.

A spokesman for Walford said: "The situation with the manager now has been cleared up regarding the staff and the players.

"He's spoken to them and they're all behind him. He's obviously down and very sorry for his actions."

The spokesman also told how he was confident the manager would "bounce back".

"As far as I'm concerned, I think the matter's closed," he said.

"The club has had an internal inquiry and as far as everything is concerned it's finished. That matter is dealt with and done.

"It's an unwanted distraction for the manager - I think he realises that it doesn't look great for him.

"He's put it behind him and he's looking forward now for the rest of the season to keep this club in this division."

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