Monday 18 December 2017

Larsson ruled out of Hoops' running

Henrik Larsson will not be leaving his post as manager of Falkenbergs, according to the Swedish club's sporting director. Photo: Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images
Henrik Larsson will not be leaving his post as manager of Falkenbergs, according to the Swedish club's sporting director. Photo: Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images

Henrik Larsson will not be taking over from Neil Lennon as Celtic manager, according to Hakan Nilsson, sporting director at the Swede's current club Falkenbergs.

The search for the new Parkhead boss is well under way, with Lennon stepping down having led the club to three Scottish Premiership titles during his four-year spell in charge.

Larsson immediately became one of the front-runners for the post in a field of constantly changing favourites which includes names such as Owen Coyle, David Moyes, Malky Mackay, Jackie McNamara, Roy Keane, Steve Clarke and Paul Lambert.

Nilsson said that an unnamed club had intimated their interest in the former Sweden striker but was "not worried" about losing his boss.

He said: "I spoke to Henrik today as I speak to him every day and he told me he was staying. He told me a club wants to speak to him but he will stay with Falkenbergs this season and in Sweden the season lasts until November."

Speaking before jetting out to Lisbon for the Champions League final with the Lisbon Lions, Lennon was asked if the former Hoops hitman was ready to for the top job.

He said: "You will need to ask Henrik that but if he does I am sure he will be a huge success. Why not? He's had a fabulous career as a player, he is a very intelligent guy and knows the game."

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