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Birmingham part company with Lee Clark


CLUB STATEMENT: Birmingham City part company with Lee Clark and Steve Watson with immediate effect. More here: #BCFC

Birmingham have parted company with manager Lee Clark following a poor start to the Sky Bet Championship season.

Blues are one place outside the relegation zone having won just two of their 12 league games so far, and only retained their second-tier status in the final seconds of the last campaign.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Birmingham City Football Club has parted company with Lee Clark and Steve Watson with immediate effect.

"The search for a successor has already begun and the board will look to make an appointment in the very near future."

Butland set for Derby loan

Butland is off to Derby. Credit: PA

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland is set to join Derby on loan, Press Association Sport understands.

Rams head coach Steve McClaren has made a move for the England Under-21 international following an injury to first-choice keeper Lee Grant at the weekend.

The deal is expected to be finalised later on Monday, with Butland set to make his debut for Derby in their Sky Bet Championship fixture against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night.


Lennon bans Bolton players from wearing hats in training

Lennon was unveiled as the new Bolton boss this week. Credit: PA

New Bolton manager Neil Lennon has banned his players from wearing bobble hats in training.

“I don’t want players training in hats because they don’t play football in hats,” Lennon said. “But training was great and the response I got from the players was excellent.

“Walking out at the training ground was a great feeling and I am delighted to be back in football again.”

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

Lennon has a tough job on his hands at Bolton. 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.

Maybe it's (Scottish football) looked down upon a little bit but we did do some great things in the Champions League - as did Gordon as well.

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

– Bolton manager Neil Lennon


What Twitter says: Neil Lennon appointed new Bolton boss

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon was today named the new man in charge of ailing Bolton Wanderers. Here's some of the best reaction on Twitter to the news:


Bolton have got themselves a good, bright, talented manager. Would expect them to pick up pretty quickly.


Surprising that Lennon couldn't find a better job than Bolton.


Big gulf in class between the top of the SPL and the bottom of the Championship, but sure Neil Lennon can make the step up


Unbelievable appointment by #bwfc to secure Neil Lennon as their new gaffer. Great bloke. Passionate, knowledgeable. #cantspeakhighlyenough


1 - No team in the Football League has won fewer games than Bolton Wanderers this season. Task.


Oh, Bolton Wanderers. It's all very good for Neil Lennon, but oh, what could have been.


Lennon named new Bolton boss

Bolton have appointed former Celtic boss Neil Lennon as their new manager, the Sky Bet Championship club have announced.


#BWFC are delighted to announce the appointment of Neil Lennon as the club's new manager. #WelcomeNeil


Lennon will be joined at #BWFC by assistant manager Johan Mjallby and first team coach Garry Parker. #WelcomeNeil

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