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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



Ramires ruled out for Chelsea

Ramires will not feature against Bolton. Credit: PA

Ramires is out of Chelsea's League Cup third-round tie with Bolton with an abductor muscle injury.

The Brazil midfielder was substituted during the second half of the Premier League draw at Manchester City as a result of the minor problem, which will be reviewed later this week.

Striker Diego Costa (hamstring) is unlikely to feature but goalkeeper Petr Cech could start as manager Jose Mourinho plans to rotate his squad with Premier League and Champions League matches to follow in the coming weeks.

Provisional squad: Courtois, Cech, Ivanovic, Luis, Fabregas, Zouma, Ake, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Drogba, Mikel, Schurrle, Salah, Remy, Costa, Matic, Willian, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Boga, Baker, Schwarzer.

Managerless Leeds win

Stephen Warnock
Stephen Warnock hit the winner. Credit: PA

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino heads for a break in the United States on Monday and was given a welcome lift after a torrid time as the struggling team earned a 1-0 win over Bolton.

Stephen Warnock's 17th-minute goal was enough to end a run of three defeats in all competitions but goalkeeper Marco Silvestri needed to find some top-class saves to make the points safe.

Clayton considers move abroad


MANAGER ON CLAYTON: "Max is training with us. We like him. We're one of a few clubs far away from Crewe's valuation."


MANAGER ON CLAYTON: "Max has spoken about going abroad. I'm gutted about that because we really want to work with him." #BWFC

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