Bolton outcast confident with Neil Lennon appointment

Watford midfielder Keith Andrews is confident that Bolton will succeed under new head coach Neil Lennon.

Andrews is currently on loan at Vicarage Road from Bolton, who sit in the relegation places of the Championship.

Having sacked Dougie Freedman prior to the international break, the club managed to appoint Neil Lennon to the role of head coach, despite being highly sought-after following four incredibly successful years in Scotland with Celtic.

Lennon led the club to their second victory of the season in his first game in charge, and they looked much improved upon the early season displays as they defeated now managerless Birmingham City 1-0 at St Andrew’s on Saturday.

Despite not being with the Trotters at the current moment in time, and flying high at the top of the Championship table with Watford, Andrews believes that the club did incredibly well to appoint Lennon, and he feels as if the 43-year-old is the perfect man to help his parent club climb the league.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the 34-year-old midfielder said: “They have a manager in [Neil] Lennon that I’m very surprised wasn’t snapped up sooner after his departure from Celtic, following four successful seasons in Scotland, though. I think Lennon will bring a really fresh approach to things there and, knowing the players quite well, I’m sure they will buy into his methods and climb the league quite quickly.

“No club has a divine right to success and to bounce back to the Premier League - you only have to ask Wolves or Sheffield Wednesday fans about that - but now it’s imperative that everyone involved at Bolton, whether it’s the players, the coaches, the directors or the fans realize exactly the position they are in right now and that the only way they can achieve anything is by having solidarity, belief and positivity.”

Despite their recent struggles, there is no denying that the Trotters are one of the biggest clubs in the Championship at the current moment in time, and Andrews will be happy to see Lennon build upon his first victory as the club travel to South London to face Charlton Athletic on Tuesday.

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