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Lennon’s title challenge

By June 9, 2016No Comments

Neil Lennon walked into a press conference with a green and white tie, only this time being paraded as the new manager of Hibernian.

Lennon has signed a two year deal with the Easter road outfit and the remit is simple, promotion back to the Premiership at the first time of asking.

It is a fairly straightforward plan and one that new Hibernian boss will embrace full on in the forthcoming season.

Lennon told Sky Sports news, “I am very excited, I think it is a fantastic club, I think it is one of the biggest in Scotland and off the back of winning the Scottish cup, there is a real feel-good factor around the club.”

“There is a good squad of players here and my challenge now is to get Hibs up into the Premiership. It’s going to be difficult but, not beyond us and I am very excited about it.”

There are many similarities between the goals at his former club Celtic and what he needs to achieve at Hibs.

Winning the league will be the number one priority and as a familiar bonus, he will also have european football to look forward to in the Europa League.

Lennon revealed he did have other options to manage elsewhere but, there were a number of factors that attracted him to the east of Edinburgh.

“I’ve always had an admiration for the club. Obviously from my playing and managing days with Celtic. I know the club very well, I’ve had a look at the facilities, the stadium and obviously, the training ground is as good as it gets.”

“It’s a club I have always had a soft spot for but, I know it is a major job I have on my hands, off the back of following what Alan Stubbs has done and I would like to continue in that same vein. The potential here at the club is huge.”

“It’s a big city club as well, which is another attraction. It’s got a big fan base and we have to make them competitive and hard to beat.”

The new Hibs boss was keen to stay in Scotland and having narrowly missed out on a second stint at Celtic, the short journey across the M8 was a no-brainer.

“I’ve lived in Scotland for fifteen years, my home is here. I don’t have to uproot the family and move elsewhere, so that is a huge positive.”

“I know the culture and I know the environment from my days at Celtic, I was here a long time.”

“This club is huge, I think it is untapped, I think there is a lot more to come from Hibs and I want to be taking charge of that and bringing it forward, it is really exciting times.”

Lennon is under no illusions about the task facing him and he can’t wait to get started.

“The remit is to get promotion, to get out of the Championship and back where we feel Hibs can thrive and that is in the top division but, it is going to be difficult, it is a very competitive league, it was last year and I am sure it will be this year.

“We are looking forward to the challenge and we’ve also got europe and that is an extra bonus obviously but, there is huge things ahead of us and I am glad I am part of it.”

“Promotion here is vital. My role here is to make Hibs really strong and to be the team everyone wants to beat.”

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