Former Northern Ireland and Celtic midfielder Neil Lennon has been sacked by Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia after seven months in charge.
Neil Lennon : Sacked | Next job | Death Threats
Neil Francis Lennon is a Northern Irish football coach and former player.
|Full name||Neil Francis Lennon|
|Date of birth||25 June 1971|
|Place of birth||Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
During his playing career he represented English clubs Manchester City, Crewe Alexandra and Leicester City.
Lennon moved to Celtic in 2000, where he made over 200 appearances and was appointed captain in 2005. Before retiring as a player, he returned to England and played for Nottingham Forest and Wycombe Wanderers.
Lennon also earned 40 caps for the Northern Ireland national team over nine years, scoring two goals.
Neil Lennon Sacked
Neil Lennon has been sacked by Omonia Nicosia after seven months in charge.
The Cypriot club currently sit seventh in their domestic league table after poor start to the season continued with a 1-0 loss to Nea Salamis on Tuesday night.
Omonia also suffered successive defeats to Manchester United in the Europa League recently, with the latest one coming on Thursday.
‘Unfortunately, the ongoing competitive instability and the significant losses of points in the championship are the main reasons that made us decide to end our partnership.
‘Mr Lennon has written his name in the history of Omonia and deserves the respect and recognition of all of us. Our paths separate, but the memories of our collaboration will unite us forever.
But ‘We sincerely thank Mr Lennon for his contribution and wish him every success in his future career.’
Lennon was appointed by Omonia in March, signing a deal that would have seen him through to the end of the 2023-24 season.
But the team have lost four of their seven league games this season and also sit bottom of their Europa League group.
The Irishman has been out of football for more than one year following his departure from Parkhead in February 2021 amid the end of the club’s pursuit of 10 In A Row.
He’s been linked with Sunderland and a surprise move to Israel but has now landed a job in Cyprus following the sacking of former Rangers defender Henning Berg.
Lennon emerged as one of three targets for Omonia’s hierarchy and has now agreed a deal to take over, the club confirmed on Monday evening.
Then Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been named boss at Omonia Nicosia.
The 50-year-old has signed a contract until 2024.
Also He follows the likes of Steven Pressley and Mick McCarthy in taking on a challenge in Cyprus.
Omonia are the second most successful club in the island nation and have won the top-flight title 21 times, second only to city rivals APOEL.
Even so, the series of events that befell Celtic’s Northern Irish manager Neil Lennon between January and May this year remains shocking, and has led to one of those prolonged bouts of spiritual introspection in which Scotland likes to wallow every generation or so.
Following the traditional early January meeting between these two clubs, in which Celtic triumphed at the home of their ancient foes, Lennon was told by police that he was the subject of a threat of physical violence and that his home in the West End of the city would be placed under 24-hour guard.
Also Websites began to appear encouraging subscribers to “kill Neil Lennon”; bullets were sent to him at Celtic’s stadium address.
In March, following a four-day media blackout, it was revealed that primed explosive devices intended for Lennon and two other prominent west of Scotland Catholics had been intercepted.
Glasgow develops a bleak and sardonic humour that it uses as a carapace when evil comes to visit. But this time there was a palpable sense of shock that such things were happening in post-Christian, modern and liberal Scotland.
Why Neil Lennon? In 2002, two years after joining the club as a player, he was forced to quit playing for Northern Ireland following death threats issued to him before a game. In 2003, two students attacked him as he enjoyed a night out near his home in the genteel West End.
Then in 2004 he was the victim of a road-rage incident in the middle of the M8 which led to a man being fined £500 and in 2008 he was beaten unconscious by two men as he left a pub. Each of his assailants was jailed.