Sunday 27 May 2018

Lennon extends Hibs contract

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon. Photo: PA
Hibernian manager Neil Lennon. Photo: PA Sportdesk

Neil Lennon only has eyes for Hibernian after signing a new three-year contract.

The head coach was in the final year of his previous deal after leading Hibs to the Ladbrokes Championship title in his debut campaign, but has now extended his commitment until the summer of 2020.

The former Celtic boss has rejuvenated his managerial career after a difficult 17-month spell at Bolton, a club then in the midst of significant financial problems.

And he is in no rush to return to England after finding happiness in Edinburgh.

Lennon, whose side face St Johnstone tomorrow, said: "We all have romantic ideas about the game and where we want to go, but the most important thing is if you are happy and enjoy the players and enjoy the environment. And I very much do so.

"It's a very precarious job being a football manager and I'm privileged to be in a job and a club like this. And when you are here you want to make the most of your time, and thankfully the board have agreed to extend my time here.

"My ambitions are here - that's why I signed a contract. I'm not looking anywhere else. I haven't done since I walked in the door.

"It's been a good move for me, professionally and personally. I owe the club a debt of gratitude and I want to repay them with success on the pitch and hopefully make them some money along the way.

"I'm not looking any further than what I have here at the moment. I don't think you can. Sometimes, when you start doing that, you get distracted and lose your way a little bit.

"In the modern game, particularly in England and even abroad, managers don't get enough time to put in place what they want to do," he said. "In Scotland it is slightly different - there are plenty of managers here now who are in their third, fourth, fifth seasons."

Irish Independent

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