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back in the game Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon to take up manager role at Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia

Lennon has previously spoken of his desire to get back into management after his successful time as Celtic chief

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Celtic's manager Neil Lennon with a Treble of Scottish trophies

Celtic's manager Neil Lennon with a Treble of Scottish trophies

Celtic's manager Neil Lennon with a Treble of Scottish trophies

Lurgan man and former Celtic player and manager Neil Lennon has been appointed new boss of one of the top teams in Cyprus.

Lennon’s appointment comes after his new club Omonia Nicosia sacked former Rangers and Manchester United player Henning Berg.

The 50-year-old won ten major trophies as manager of Celtic, but left after the club blew their hopes of achieving the hallowed ‘ten-in-a-row’.

Omonia are currently in the hunt for the Cypriot Cup and will come up against AEL Limassol soon in the quarter finals, however they’ve had a relatively poor domestic league season which led to them parting ways with Berg.

Lennon had previously been linked to the Sunderland job, as had his fellow compatriot Roy Keane.

The job was offered to Alex Neil in the end.

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Neil Lennon. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

Neil Lennon. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

Neil Lennon. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

It is thought Lennon’s steely approach to football likened Omonia bosses to him, who offered him the position to galvanise the team.

Omonia Nicosia are one of Cyprus’ most successful teams, having won the title 21 times.

Lennon has previously spoken of his desire to return to management, saying: “I don’t want to get comfortable because I do miss management and, ideally, I want to get back in eventually.

“If you look at my record, it stands up against most people’s.

“Hopefully the right team will come along, whether that is here or abroad. I love the Spanish game, I enjoy Major League Soccer, too. I’ve had a good rest, I feel fresh and I’m excited about whatever challenge lies ahead.”

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Last year former Ireland boss Mick McCarthy was sacked from his job as manager of Omonia’s rivals APEL Nicosia after a slump in performance.

Shamrock Rovers and Ireland midfielder Jack Byrne also had a spell at APOEL last year making five appearances before returning to Rovers.

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