Celtic boss Lennon shrugs off Norwich chatter

NEIL LENNON today dismissed reports he is on a four-man shortlist to take over as manager of Norwich as:

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Neil Lennon has been linked with a move to England
Neil Lennon has been linked with a move to England

"Just speculation."

He insisted neither he nor his representatives have been contacted by anyone at Carrow Road.

And Lennon's only plans for the future concern preparing the Parkhead side for another crack at the Champions League qualifiers.

He watched his Bhoys maintain their push for 100 points this season with a crushing 6-0 win over Inverness Caley Thistle.

And, in the same way his players brushed aside the Highlanders, Lennon kicked into touch the stories linking him to the relegation-threatened Canaries.

The 42-year-old - who is on a 12-month rolling contract at Parkhead - said of the reports: "It is just speculation, and I don't know anything about that.

"It will rumble on. We have had it before, and I am sure we will have it again."

Norwich removed Chris Hughton from the manager's position last month, and placed Neil Adams in temporary charge.

But, with the club lurching towards the drop from the Premiership, the decision-makers at the East Anglian outpost are already working on a higher-profile appointment.

Lennon - who this week reluctantly accepted assistant Johan Mjallby's decision to quit his post - remains one of the bookies' favourites to be offered the chance to take over at Carrow Road, sparking the fresh reports yesterday.

But, when asked if Norwich had been in touch, either directly or indirectly, he replied: "No. There has been nothing at all.

"All I am focusing on is getting everything in place here for next season."

Lennon is confident his players are not being distracted by this speculation over his future, as they proved with their emphatic win over Inverness.

It was the highest win of any side in the top flight this season, and one better than the 5-0 victory over the same side last month.

Lennon was delighted to see his players put on a show for the crowd, and deliever the response he demanded after they had been held to a draw at Motherwell last weekend.

He said: "I think the players learned a little bit from the previous week at Motherwell where I had said to them before the game, 'If you take your foot off the pedal, you will feel it'.

"They probably were really disappointed, even though we didn't lose that game at Fir Park.

"I got the reaction I was looking for yesterday.

"The freedom and the application was fantastic, and everyone made a real, telling contribution in that match."

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