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Bolton boss ask for positive performance

Neil Lennon, Bolton's new manager, has outlined his battle plan. Credit: PA

Neil Lennon has outlined his Bolton battle plan as he prepares to take charge of Wanderers for the first time.

The former Celtic boss replaced Dougie Freedman last Sunday after Bolton won just one of their opening 11 Sky Bet Championship games.

They are rock bottom as they head to fellow strugglers Birmingham on Saturday and Lennon insisted he expects instant progress from his new side at St Andrew's.

I can't guarantee that we'll go to Birmingham and wipe the floor with them," Lennon said, with Bolton six points behind their fifth-bottom hosts.

It would be good to try to get the result; if we can give a decent performance then so be it. What I'm looking for is a performance of some sort that gives me encouragement going forward.

– Neil Lennon, Bolton manager

Lizard given oxygen treatment by fire crews after blaze

The lizard was treated with oxygen. Credit: Greater Manchester Fire Service.

Fire crews have rescued and treated a bearded dragon lizard following a house fire in Bolton.

Firefighters found the lizard in its tank and took it out to the fire engine where they treated it with oxygen therapy - and it made a full recovery.

The occupant of the house, on Chorley Old Road, and her two dogs were unharmed in the incident.

The lizard was treated with oxygen. Credit: Greater Manchester Fire Service.

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Lennon: "It's not easy walking straight into a Premier League job"

Neil Lennon, Bolton manager Credit: PA

New Bolton manager Neil Lennon admits the perception of domestic football in Scottish may have prevented from landing a Premier League job.

The former Celtic manager has taken over a struggling championship side despite winning the Scottish Premier League three times and impressing in the Champions League.

"You look at the Premier League now - you have got Brendan (Rodgers), Roberto (Martinez), Paul Lambert, Steve Bruce, the list is endless really of managers who have managed in the Championship.

You probably have to earn your spurs to get into the Premier League. Sometimes it's not as easy as walking straight into a Premier League job; it's a pretty exclusive band.

I'm very happy with the decision I've made; I think they're good football people here."

– Neil Lennon, Bolton manager

Gang break into home before stealing cars from drive

Gang approach Credit: MEN Syndication

The moment a gang broke into a family’s home has been caught on camera. The gang of four men used a screwdriver to break into the house in Bolton. It is believed they targeted the property especially for the Audi cars parked outside - ignoring a laptop and iPad in the smash-and-grab raid.

Gang target house for cars Credit: MEN Syndication

The MEN reporting the thieves first struck at 2.20pm on Wednesday, September 24, knocking on the front door to establish no-one was home before climbing over the gate of the property in Farnworth.

They then used what is thought to be a screwdriver to smash the patio doors.

In the house for less than two minutes, they stole a piggybank and briefcase containing jewellery, documents and spare keys to the family’s two Audis.

Screwdriver used to smash window Credit: MEN Syndication

A GMP spokesman confirmed a burglary had taken place at the property with items including the family's car keys being taken and that officers were examining cctv footage of the incident.

Gange force entry Credit: MEN Syndication

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Amir Khan denied visa application by US authorities

Denied a visa - Amir Khan Credit: PA Pictures

Amir Khan's plans to travel to America this weekend have been halted after his visa application was declined.

The 27-year-old was due to fly to Las Vegas to attend Floyd Mayweather's fight with Marcos Maidana on Saturday, and had used his Twitter account to advertise promotional duties he would be carrying out while there.

His bid to do was thwarted, though, with the welterweight saying his visa application had been declined.

Khan wrote on Twitter: "Visa to America was declined after I had it approved a week ago. Was looking forward to the fight. Means I'm still in England."

It was reported that Khan had asked Prime Minister David Cameron for assistance.

Khan has had difficulties traveling to America before. In 2010 he had to train in Canada after visa delays, while in 2011 he claimed he was held in Los Angeles customs for over two hours because he is a Muslim.

The Bolton fighter is eager to be present at Mayweather's rematch with Maidana, as he attempts to persuade the world's number-one pound-for-pounder boxer to give him a 2015 fight.

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