Report: Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon unlikely to land Sheffield United job, ex-PL boss in frame

By Euan Davidson

March 30, 2021

It’d been widely reported that Neil Lennon was a possibility for the Sheffield United job.

However, according to the Sheffield Star, the Blades are populating their shortlist with more exotic names. United owner Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is reportedly keen on Slavisa Jokanovic, who is expected to consider an offer to leave Al-Gharafa SC in Qatar.

Other names, including Javier Pereira, manager of Chinese side Henan Songshan Longmen, is in the Prince’s shortlist. Jokanovic, though, has experience of Championship promotion and Premier League management. Over a three-year spell with Fulham, he brought the Londoners to the promised land of the Premier League.

That’s a blow for Neil Lennon, but nothing has suggested he’s out of the running entirely. A few weeks ago, speculation mounted over a possible revolving door scenario involving Chris Wilder. The popular Blades boss was linked with Celtic, with Neil Lennon keen to go the other way.

Much like Celtic, Sheffield United fans are scrambling for answers over a new manager. They weren’t particularly happy with the idea of appointing Neil Lennon when the story broke in Mid-March.

Neil Lennon on the Celtic touchline / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon desperate for managerial return, but to where?

Neil Lennon speculation is fertile ground, currently.

The former Celtic boss, over two spells, also has managerial experience with Bolton Wanderers and Hibs. Although it didn’t end well with the Bhoys this season, his connections to the club could bring him goodwill elsewhere. Lennon had been tentatively linked with the Aberdeen job [Press and Journal]. More recently, rumours persist regarding potentially replacing Stephen Kenny for the Republic of Ireland.

Without a win in 10, Kenny just saw his side put to the sword by an un-fancied Luxembourg side. It was arguably the country’s worst-ever result in a competitive fixture.

We hope Neil Lennon is able to resuscitate his managerial career elsewhere. While we’d have loved for him to lift the 10, his relationship with supporters suffered until his job became untenable. Poor results and dreadful performances put his second managerial spell at the club to an end.

The Sheffield United job may have come too soon. However, he’s won multiple titles and competed in Europe. Surely he’ll get his chance before too long.

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