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Cypriot side Omonia sack ex-Celtic boss Lennon

Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon has been axed after seven months in charge at Omonia Nicosia despite leading the Cypriot side to cup victory last season and Europa League qualification.

After winning only three league games this term, the club took the decision to sack the Northern Irishman.

Club spokesperson Andreas Demetriou told radio Super Sport FM Wednesday: “The decision was made with the main factor being the instability of the team but also the fact we suffered four defeats in seven matches.

“These are not the only reasons, but they were the main ones.”

Demetriou said Omonia hope to have a new coach in place before Saturday’s game.

“Our goal is for the new coach to have a personality… play attacking football and utilise our young talents.”

Lennon, 51, stepped into the Omonia job in March, his first time managing a club outside the UK and his first job after his departure from Celtic in 2021.

He had signed a deal to the end of the 2023-24 season.

The former Celtic boss replaced ex-Manchester United defender Henning Berg after Omonia had fallen into the bottom half of the league.

Lennon led the Nicosia club to the Cypriot Cup title last season and to the Europa League group stage after beating Belgian side Gent in the play-off round.

However, Omonia now sit seventh in the top flight after a loss to Nea Salamis on Tuesday.

They are bottom of their Europa League group, despite losing narrowly to Premier League giants Manchester United home and away.

Lennon led Celtic to 10 major trophies across his two stints as manager. He won two league titles, two Scottish Cups and a League Cup after returning to the club in February 2019 following the departure of Brendan Rodgers.

In between his spells at the Glasgow club, Lennon spent 17 months as manager of Bolton Wanderers before guiding Edinburgh side Hibernian to the Scottish second-division title in 2017.

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