Former Hibs boss 'offered' to Ligue 1 side as they search for new manager
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Former Hibs and Celtic manager Neil Lennon has emerged as a candidate for the vacancy at Ligue 1 side Marseille, according to reports in France. Respected journalist Patrick Juillard revealed that the 51-year-old ‘had been offered’ to Les Phocéens earlier this month following Igor Tudor’s departure after just one season at the helm.
Most recently manager of Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus, Lennon made the final shortlist for the top job at Olympiakos last month following talks between club chiefs and his representatives. The Lurgan-born manager is keen on a return to management after more than seven months out of work and although he was understood to be monitoring vacancies in England, Juillard reports that Lennon ‘wouldn’t say no’ to the Stade Vélodrome gig.
Despite a brief stay in Cyprus, Lennon led Omonia to Cypriot Cup glory in May last year, as they defeated Ethnikos Achna on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes. He was also touted for the Hapoel Tel Aviv job back in April according to reports, while he was linked with Aberdeen and Leicester. St Patrick’s Athletic also made contact with him last month as they sought a replacement for former Easter Road defender Tim Clancy,
Lille boss Paulo Fonseca, who has also had stints in charge of Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Roma has been heavily linked with the Marseille post, as has former Athletic Bilbao, Valencia, and Villarreal boss Marcelino. Ange Postecoglou was also identified as a potential candidate at the start of the month before leaving Celtic for Tottenham Hotspur shortly after leading the Hoops to an eighth treble.