Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon is expected to take a short break after leaving a struggling Bolton Wanderers’ side yesterday.

However, he will remain south of the border and will look for another job in England after leaving Bolton by mutual consent yesterday.

That’s according to a report in the Times print edition, via BBCSport, who say he intends to take a very short break and then start job hunting in England.

Michael O’Neill, who was also linked with the occupied post, has signed a new four-year deal with Northern Ireland.

Although there is a release clause that would entitle the IFA to compensation if O’Neill was to enter into club management.

Lennon was the immediate bookies favourite yesterday to return to Celtic but today’s report is contrary to those speculating he would return.

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Lennon spent four in charge at Celtic, having taken over from Tony Mowbray on an interim basis before earning the job permanently.

During his time as Celtic manager, he won three league titles in a row and two Scottish Cup trophies.

He also guided Celtic to the last-16 of the Champions League after overseeing a 2-1 victory over Barcelona at Paradise.

Having spent over seven years as a player at Celtic and a further four years as manager, the club is always likely to be close to his heart, but a return to the club isn’t likely in this stage of his managerial career.