Neil Lennon is the man to take Bolton back to the Premier League

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Neil Lennon is the man to take Bolton back into the Premier League.

This may not be a short-term process but the in the long term, Lennon has all the right credentials to take the Wanderers back in to the top flight.

Lennon was appointed in October after Dougie Freedman parted ways with the club.

Good start

Freedman was a manager Bolton fans wanted out for a quite a while before the Scot eventually left.

His poor tactics and dull football didn't help the fact that Bolton were sitting on the bottom of the table and flirting with relegation for most of the early season.

Lennon took over with the Whites at the foot of the table but soon turned things around, taking Bolton from 24th to 14th in three months thanks to an eight game unbeaten spell.

Now sitting in 15th, Lennon's Bolton play much better football than Freedman's side could ever manage and the former Celtic boss has achieved wins over local rivals Wigan and Blackburn to help keep the Macron Stadium faithful happy.

Lennon will be hoping his side can push on towards the top six and hope to snatch a playoff spot in the coming months.


Lennon has managed at the highest club level and has the credentials which could have seen him get a Premiership job.

The Northern Irishman instead went for one of the Championship's fallen giants in a hope to take the club back to the top tier.

Having managed in the Champions League, Lennon also masterminded a victory over Barcelona in 2012 thanks to a Tony Watt goal in an infamous night at Celtic Park.

Big Name 

No matter how good a manager is, something that will attract players to a club is a big name.

Due to having managed Celtic successfully prior to taking over at the Macron Lennon is much more likely than Freedman ever was to attract the calibre of signing needed to get the club promoted.

This is something illustrated by bringing in former England international Emile Heskey before bringing him on to score the winner against local rivals Blackburn on his debut.

Heskey is 36, and obviously can't offer the same as he would have done, but the experience the former Liverpool man can provide will be invaluable to the younger members of Lennon's side.

Winning Mentality

Lennon won three Scottish Premiership titles and two Scottish cups in his time at Celtic.

People will argue that the SPL is a one-horse race, and to a point they'd be right, but Lennon helped still put in place and maintain a winning mentality that saw his side go unbeaten in the league until February in one of his four years at the club.

The Northern Irishman certainly has the potential to be very successful at the Macron Stadium.

Time will tell whether I'm right in thinking Lennon is the man who can take Bolton back to the top of English football.

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