Neil Lennon axed at Bolton after club takeover

Bolton have parted company with Neil Lennon just days after Dean Holdsworth’s takeover.
Neil Lennon axed at Bolton after club takeover

Wanderers are bottom of the Sky Bet Championship and 11 points from safety following Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Preston.

They have won just four league games all season and Lennon departs having won just 18 times in 80 matches in charge.

The club said in a statement that it yesterday parted company with Lennon ”by mutual consent.

"All at Bolton Wanderers would like to thank Neil for his contributions during his time at the club.

"Academy manager Jimmy Phillips will take charge of the first team on an interim basis.”

Bolton go to Bristol City on Saturday under new ownership after a Holdsworth-led consortium, Sports Shield Group, completed a takeover on Friday.

The club needed a third stay of execution from a High Court judge last week when faced with a winding-up petition from Britain’s revenue commissioners.

New chief executive Holdsworth, a former Wanderers player, offered no assurances over Lennon’s future last week and the former Celtic boss departs on the back of a seven-game winless run which has left Bolton on the brink of relegation to League One.

The Championship club had been operating under a cloud of uncertainty for over four months before Holdsworth completed his takeover with long-time owner Eddie Davies, whose decision to withdraw his financial backing left the club teetering on the brink of liquidation.

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