Pundit claims ex-Celtic manager Neil Lennon interested in N Ireland vacancy

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon is reportedly interested in the N Ireland vacancy, according to a pundit. Ian Baraclough was sacked after a dismal period in charge and the IFA are already looking for his replacement. Ex-Celtic and Partick Thistle goalkeeper Alan Rough has said that he thinks that Lennon is a ready-made replacement and would be keen on the job following his departure from Omonia Nicosia.

Roughie told Peter Martin on PLZ Soccer that he has heard that Lennon is interested in the job with N. Ireland now that he is free to consider approaches.

“They have a ready-made replacement waiting in Neil Lennon. It remains to be seen whether he fancies it.”

“I’ve heard he is interested in it, yeah. He’s interested but it doesn’t mean he’s going to get it.”

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Co-pundit Tam McManus also tipped his own candidate for the job, whilst contending that Lennon’s past with the National Team might make it difficult for him to return.

“I don’t know if he’d fancy the Northern Ireland job, I know there was a bit of hassle when he played. There’s a ready-made replacement in Michael O’Neill if he goes back.”

O’Neill is also unattached following his departure from Stoke City. You would imagine that he would be an ideal replacement for Baraclough, especially given the history that McManus alludes to.

Lennon was subject to sectarian abuse while playing, shortly after his move to Celtic. As a result, he was forced to retire from International football. A real shame for a talented player, who would have certainly amassed a number of Caps in the time between his forced retirement from international football and the decision to hang his boots up altogether.

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