Neil Lennon names three managers to back his Hibernian decision

Former Bolton manager Neil Lennon before the match

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez, former Leeds United and Nottingham Forest boss Brian Clough and Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe all took a step back, says Neil Lennon.

Bolton manager Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon has suggested to The Scottish Sun that taking the Hibernian managerial job is not a step back in his career.

Lennon was recently appointed the new manager of Scottish Championship outfit Hibernian.

The former Northern Ireland international midfielder started his managerial career at Celtic in 2010.

During his four years as manager at Celtic Park, Lennon won the league title three times and the Scottish Cup twice.

The 44-year-old was appointed the manager of Bolton Wanderers in October 2014, but he parted company with the English club in March 2016.

While many will see Lennon’s decision to move to Hibernian as a step back, the former Celtic and Nottingham Forest midfielder has listed the managers who made similar moves in their respective careers.

Lennon has used the examples of Rafael Benitez, Brian Clough and Eddie Howe to make his point.

Benitez, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 and has been in charge of Real Madrid in his career, will manage Newcastle United in the Championship next season.

Clough was in charge of Leeds United for 44 days before he took over Forest, with whom he achieved huge success in England and in Europe.

Howe has achieved massive success with Bournemouth after failing to make a huge impact at Burnley.

“I was looking at Brian Clough’s career,” Lennon told The Scottish Sun. “He had 44 days at Leeds, the champions of England, and left to go to the First Division with Nottingham Forest. Eddie Howe left Burnley to go to Bournemouth and he hasn’t done too badly.

"Rafa Benitez was managing the European Cup winners at the start of the season. Now he’s in the Championship in England. You just don’t know where your career will take you next.”

Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon

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