Bolton boss Neil Lennon responds to Aston Villa links

Neil Lennon isn't interested in leaving Bolton Wanderers for Aston Villa, despite being flattered at seeing his name linked to the Premier League strugglers.

Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon has told Sky Sports News HQ that he is flattered to be linked to the Aston Villa job, but stresses that there is nothing to the speculation.

Lennon has been mentioned as a possible contender to replace the departed Paul Lambert, per Sky Sports, after his former Celtic teammate was sacked following the 2-0 defeat at fellow strugglers Hull which dropped the club into the Premier League’s bottom three for the first time this season.

The Northern Irishman won three straight Scottish Premiership titles with Celtic before leaving the club at the end of last season, and has since been doing an excellent job at Bolton Wanderers after taking over from Dougie Freedman in October.

Guiding the club up from the bottom of the Championship to 13th-place in his first four months in charge, his success has led to rumours of a step up to the top-flight with either Queens Park Rangers or Villa, but Lennon would rather focus on his work at the Macron Stadium.

“I’m fine here,” he said on Friday. “There’s nothing in it at all. It’s just speculation.

“It’s not affected me one bit. The only time it affects me is when I have to answer questions on it.

“It’s flattering but that’s all it is; just speculation.”

Villa are on a dismal run of two wins in 21 top-flight games, with the club on course to be the Premier League’s lowest-ever scorers after netting just 12 goals in their 25 matches.

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood remains the favourite to take over in the West Midlands, while Glenn Hoddle, Brentford’s Mark Warburton and US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann have also been mooted as possible candidates.

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