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Thursday, January 26, 2006
Lennon linked with return to Leicester as boss

Celtic captain Neil Lennon has emerged as a potential successor to Craig Levein as manager of Leicester.

The 34-year-old Lennon is still a cult hero at the east-midlands club where he spent almost five years before moving to Glasgow in November 2000.

Former Hearts boss Levein was sacked on Wednesday after a run of poor results left the Foxes in the Championship relegation zone.

Lennon's contract at Celtic Park expires this summer and could be tempted in a return to Leicester.

His agent, Martin Reilly, told BBC Sport: 'Neil has a special place in his heart for Leicester and he has never hidden his desire to move into management.

'But, for now, he is concentrating on winning the league with Celtic.'

Leicester, meanwhile, insist any move for Lennon is premature as they weigh up their options after the departure of Levein.

Foxes chief executive Tim Davies told BBC Sport: 'Neil is a hero down here and all things will be considered, but the search is at an early stage.'

Lennon joined Leicester from Crewe in February 1996 for 750,000 and helped them to promotion to the Premiership three months later.

The former Northern Ireland international also won the League Cup twice and played in the UEFA Cup under then City boss, Martin O'Neill.

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