Hibs and Neil Lennon ‘open discussions’ over new contract

Neil Lennon's contract at Hibs expires next summer. Pic: SNS
Neil Lennon's contract at Hibs expires next summer. Pic: SNS
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Hibs and Neil Lennon have opened discussions about extending the head coach’s contract at Easter Road.

Lennon’s deal at Hibs expires this summer and both parties are eager to reach an agreement to keep the former Celtic and Bolton manager in Edinburgh beyond the end of the season.

The Evening News understands that talks have begun between both parties, with Lennon keen to commit to a new contract until 2020 as long as the club continue to show the same ambition as him, according to reports.

Lennon has been a huge success at Hibs since arriving last summer, guiding the Hibees to the Championship title and a Scottish Cup semi-final. Despite last weekend’s defeat by Hamilton, Hibs have started this campaign brightly, defeating Rangers at Ibrox and reaching the quarter-finals of the Betfred Cup.

The Hibs board have backed Lennon during the summer transfer window, bringing in internationalists in the shape of Ofir Marciano, Steven Whittaker, Efe Ambrose, Vykintas Slivka, Deivydas Matulevicius and Anthony Stokes.