Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon linked with return to management in England as he discusses future

By John McGinley

March 12, 2021

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon is already being discussed as a potential managerial option for Sheffield United as they prepare to officially part ways with Chris Wilder.

Football reporter Alan Biggs, who has a strong knowledge of the Blades, has mentioned Lennon’s name on Twitter as one of the early candidates for the position.

It comes as Lennon made his return to punditry down south last night, taking in Manchester United’s game against Milan at Old Trafford with BBC 5 Live.

He told the radio station that he’d likely get the itch to return to the game ‘sooner rather than later’ [BBC], as well as declaring it just wasn’t Celtic’s season in the Scottish Premiership this term.

Most Celtic fans would probably agree Lennon is ill-suited to a high-profile managerial job in England given what’s gone on at Celtic Park recently.

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However, he is a recognisable name down south and I’ve certainly seen stranger appointments in my time. Lennon has won a lot of trophies with Celtic and, in seasons past, performed decently in Europe too.

The Blades will likely be competing in the Championship next term and Lennon also has direct experience of playing and managing in that division.

If I had to make a prediction, I’d say Lennon will probably serve as a pundit for a while yet both in England and Scotland.

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He’s often been a go-to figure for analysis on Sky Sports and BBC when out of management work and is comfortable in that role.

This season at Celtic is likely to have taken its toll on him and he shouldn’t be rushing back into management quite yet.

In related news, will Chris Wilder be of interest to Celtic?