Lennon explains Wycombe decision after meeting

June 8, 2007

Former Celtic midfielder Neil Lennon has revealed he came close to signing for League Two Wycombe this week.

Lennon, 35, has received several contract offers - including one from a `top Premiership club' - following his decision to leave the Scottish champions after seven successful seasons.

A former team-mate of Wycombe manager Paul Lambert, Lennon agreed to meet Wanderers officials this week but turned the move down as he wishes to play at a higher level.

The former Leicester player said: 'Wycombe's offer put me in a real dilemma. I was so impressed by what they had to say that I'd almost made up my mind to join them.

'That was the only reason I said 'no' and it took a lot of soul-searching before I made my decision.'

Wycombe released a statement detailing their audacious bid to sign Lennon this morning, which involved arranging a secret meeting in Glasgow.

Managing director Steve Hayes said: 'I know how highly Paul Lambert rates Neil both as a player and as a man, so I thought 'why not?' Let's see if he's interested.

'We did everything we possibly could to sign him, but the fact that we're a League Two club went against us.

'Regrettably, that's the one thing that we can't change overnight, but it makes us more determined than ever to win promotion next season.'

Lennon's agent Martin Reilly added: 'Neil's been offered a contract by a top Premiership club and several from the Championship and other divisions.

'Steve Hayes put up a very convincing case for Neil to go to Adams Park and at one point I thought he was going to say 'yes', but Neil is still a very talented footballer and he wants to test himself at the highest level that he can.'