Lennon linked with move to West Brom and Norwich following Celtic exit

Lennon linked with move to West Brom and Norwich following Celtic exit

NEIL Lennon has been linked with a move to England, following the confirmation of his departure from Celtic after four years as manager.

Whilst Lennon’s agent Martin Reilly has denied that the former Northern Ireland international is in talks with any Premier League clubs, he has been linked to West Brom and recently-relegated Norwich where there are managerial vacancies.

The 42-year-old had been on a rolling contract at Celtic and had been at the centre of speculation every year about his future, and despite leading the Scottish side to their third straight title he is understood to be seeking a fresh challenge.

"I have parted company with Celtic," Lennon said in a brief statement.

"The club are in a very strong position and I wish the fans and the club all the very best for the future."

The statement came after a meeting on Thursday with Reilly, and before scheduled talks with Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell.

"I can't thank Peter Lawwell and the board enough for their backing and support during my time as manager," he said.

Reilly added that Lennon was ready to experience a new challenge, but insisted that he had not yet accepted any other offers.

"Four years is a good spell to be manager of a club like Celtic but now Neil wants to look ahead to the next chapter of his career," Riley said.

"He has nothing lined up. He just feels now is the time to move on to the next challenge."

Lennon was appointed manager of the Glasgow club in 2010, and lead Celtic to three league titles, two Scottish Cups, the Champions League last 16 and reached a UEFA Cup Final during his playing days with the team.