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Neil Lennon to take break before deciding on next step

Updated: Friday, 23 May 2014 12:53

Henrik Larsson has been linked to the Celtic job
Henrik Larsson has been linked to the Celtic job

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Neil Lennon claims he has "no idea" what the future holds for him after leaving Celtic.

The 42-year-old former club captain stepped down on Thursday having led the club to three Scottish Premiership titles during his four-year spell in charge.

Lennon has been linked with a number of jobs south of the border but insisted he had nothing in place as he left Glasgow.

Asked for his future plans, Lennon said on Sky Sports News: "I've no idea. A holiday, hopefully. I'm away with the club tomorrow for the Champions League final and then I'll take the family away for a bit of R & R."

"This is not a knee-jerk reaction. It's been going on for a while"

While his immediate future remains unclear, Lennon said he made the decision to leave Parkhead after careful consideration.

"I think it's a really good time to go," he said. "The club's in great health and I just felt that, after long consideration, four years as a manager of Celtic in a very intense atmosphere has been fantastic for me. I never dreamt when I took over the job I'd be in this position now.

"There's been a lot of consideration. This is not a knee-jerk reaction. It's been going on for a while and it's the toughest decision of my life."

Lennon has said he will help Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell pick the man to replace him.

In a statement released earlier in the day, Lennon said: "Serving the club was always a privilege. I have always given my best and aimed to do all I can to ensure success for Celtic, as a supporter it was all I wanted.

"I will now assist the club in appointing my successor. As ever, we will need our fans' support and I am sure they will give the club and the new manager the same great backing which they gave to myself."

Former Hoops idol Henrik Larsson has been installed as the bookmakers' favourite, but there is backing too for fellow Parkhead old boys Malky Mackay and Paul Lambert.

But while the bookies seem convinced Larsson will be the next man to take over at 'Paradise', the Swede played down the suggestions.

The retired striker - now in charge of Falkenberg in his homeland - told the Daily Record: "I understand that I always will be linked with the job in Celtic after my years in the club as a player.

"Of course I can see myself as manager of Celtic and to go there in the future. But my focus now is on Falkenberg. Nothing else."

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