Neil Lennon has what it takes to succeed with Bolton

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Neil Lennon has taken his first manager job in England and only his second managerial job in his career, however, is he up for the task at Bolton Wanderers?

Lennon has been on the job hunt since leaving Celtic in May this year. The former Northern Ireland international has found himself linked with an abundance of positions but has finally landed a role with the north west side Bolton, who find themselves rock bottom of the Championship.

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Quick improvement

Lennon will be hoping for a quick improvement to proceedings at the Macron Stadium. Bolton have been without a manager since they sacked Dougie Freedman.

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside had previously backed Mr. Freedman but with constant unrest on the terraces the chairman succumbed to fan power. Gartside told the Bolton News: "Obviously we are in a results-driven business and we had to look at it in the short term and see whether it can be changed.

"We need some points on the board that will help us avoid being in a relegation scrap.

"It fell on me to make that decision. I had a long conversation with him on Friday morning. I felt he was being treated unfairly by fans, and I don't think anyone should be subjected to that in any shape or form.

"There are not many businesses or professions where you would get that."

Impressive CV

Lennon arrives with a CV that will impress the Trotters greatly. He can boast three SPL titles and two Scottish Cups and also managed several personal accolades in his four years at Celtic.

Evidently, Lennon has the credentials to lift Bolton off the bottom of the table and move above their close rivals Blackpool. Lennon also seems to have the mentality to prove a hit at Bolton as he is enforcing his own methods and tactics on the struggling Wanderers.

Lennon told BBC Radio Manchester: "The two most important facets of football are the supporters and the players.

"So to get both onside, we'll try and do that as quickly as possible."

"They need a lift, the players need a lift and the people who are at board level who love the club and put so much into the club, they need a lift - so that's my job to try and do that."

Lennon clearly wants to lift the players but is also enforcing the point that he is in charge now and they will play by his rules.

Right credentials

He has implemented the policy of no players will be allowed to wear beanie hats on the training ground. However, this did not seem to apply to him as while he watched his players train he was wearing, you guessed it, a beanie hat. A clear indication to these out of form professionals that he is in charge.

Dougie has gone and Neil is in. A new style and better results is what the Wanderers will want. They will be hoping to bounce out of the relegation zone and progress up the Championship considering the clubs stature and grand history.

Relegation to League One would be detrimental to such a well established club who have been present in the top two flights for the past 19 years but also the fact the club is in serious amounts of debt.

Lennon has the ability to succeed if given time to prove he can manage in what is considered a higher league than the Scottish top division. He Lennon will be looking for an instant impact against Birmingham at St Andrew's.

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