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Lennon leaves Celtic after four years at the club

Neil Lennon has sensationally parted company with Celtic after four years in charge of the Scottish club.

The former Hoops captain is said to have been reviewing his options for a while, despite leading Celtic to their third title in a row.

After leaving the club, the 42-year-old Northern Irishman said: “I have parted company with Celtic.

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

“I can’t thank Peter Lawwell and the board enough for their backing and support during my time as manager.”

Lennon took the position in 2010, and has won five trophies with the Glasgow-based outfit, including three league titles and two Scottish Cups. In 2012, he also led Celtic to the last 16 of the Champions League, a victory over Barcelona being one of the highlights of his four year spell.

It is thought that he had concerns over the team’s ability to get through three rounds of qualifying this summer, with question marks about the amount of money that would be available for him to spend in the transfer market.

This latest event could be the catalyst in a managerial merry-go-round over the next few months, with David Moyes available at 5/1 having left Manchester United in April, West Brom and Norwich both without managers, and Malky Makay being linked in every other direction.

Lennon has frequently expressed his desire to manage in England, particularly the Premier League, and perhaps the post at the Baggies might suit him.

As to who could replace him at Celtic; Scot David Moyes may see this as an ideal opportunity to get back on track, and fans would welcome him. He took Everton from near the relegation zone, and into the Champions League, and can operate on a shoe string budget.