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

Neil Lennon has been linked with a number of clubs since his departure from Celtic was announced yesterday (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Neil Lennon has been linked with a number of clubs since his departure from Celtic was announced yesterday (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 04: A young Celtic fan shows his support for Celtic caretaker manager Neil Lennon during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park, on May 4, 2010 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - APRIL 07: Coach Neil Lennon of Celtic celebrates following his team clinching the Scottish Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League title after the match between Kilmarnock and Celtic at Rugby Park on April 7, 2012 in Kilmarnock, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 21: Celtic Manager Neil Lennon celebrates with his team after winning the Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Motherwell at Hampden Park on May 21, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 15: Manager Neil Lennon of Celtic, flanked by police officers, looks on as the crowd sing 'You'll never walk alone' at the end of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park on May 15, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 15: Celtic fans reveal a banner in support of manager Neil Lennon of Celtic during the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park on May 15, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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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