Neil Lennon relishing Macron debut

Wanderers boss looking forward to first home match

Ahead of his first match at Macron Stadium as Bolton Wanderers boss, Neil Lennon revealed how much he has enjoyed his time in the BL6 dugout so far.

The Northern Irishman was only appointed manager two weeks ago, having spent six months out of the game after leaving Celtic at the end of last season.

Yet Lennon is already starting to feel a strong affiliation with his new club and is determined to get Wanderers’ season back on track.

“I’m loving it. I’m already in love with the club,” Lennon told reporters at his pre-match press conference. “I’m really enjoying being back on the training ground and back in the dugout again. I had six months out of the game and it is only when you come back into it that you realise how much you missed it. 

“I’m very determined to be successful here. I’ve been bestowed a great responsibility. I’m relishing the challenge, as is Johan, Garry and the rest of the backroom staff. It is a huge challenge for me to get this club and going again and one I am really looking forward to.

“For some people Bolton Wanderers is their life. It’s my life now. I’m living and breathing it 24/7. We want to get people talking about Bolton again.” 

Lennon continued: “Getting out of the bottom three is a start. I think we are more than good enough to do that. That’s why the only frustration with Tuesday is the result. 

“I was angry with the result because I think we should have taken something out of the game. The performance was far superior to what we had at Birmingham on Saturday.

“I was delighted with the attitude of the players and their actual bravery on the ball. We passed the ball very well and that is something I am very pleased because they probably haven’t played that well away from home for a long time, so the message is starting to get across. 

“As a manager that gives you a lot of encouragement going forward, but the players have to realise I am used to winning and I want them to get used to it as well. 

“We have to start turning good performances into wins and we want that to start against Brentford.”
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