Neil Lennon parts company with Celtic

'Neil Lennon led Celtic to three championships in a row

'Neil Lennon led Celtic to three championships in a row

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NEIL LENNON today stepped down as Celtic manager after four years in charge of the Scottish champions.

The Glasgow club are expected to release a statement soon confirming they have parted company with the 42-year-old Northern Irishman.

Lennon will now seek a fresh challenge in football having considered his future for some time. Although Celtic have won the Scottish league title for the third-successive time, it is understood Lennon was concerned about how much further he could take the club.

After talks with chief executive Peter Lawwell, he has resigned and could now become a target for British clubs seeking a new manager. West Bromwich Albion in England’s Premier League are looking to appoint a replacement for Pepe Mel, whilst Lennon has been linked with the vacancy at Championship side Norwich City for some time.

Lennon said today: “I have parted company with Celtic. I can’t thank [chief executive] Peter Lawwell and the board enough for their backing and support during my time as manager. The club are in a very strong position and I wish the fans and the club all the very best for the future.”

Celtic will now begin drawing up a shortlist of candidates to replace Lennon. The names of David Moyes, Malky Mackay and Henrik Larsson are likely to feature prominently.