Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon insists he will not quit Bolton

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BY DARREN JOHNSTONE @CCP_Sport

Neil Lennon has vowed that he will not quit as Bolton manager despite a miserable run of results leaving the Trotters four points adrift of safety in the English Championship.

Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Ipswich means Wanderers have now only managed one victory from their first 15 games.

Bolton legend and former Scotland striker John McGinlay recently came out in support of Lennon, claiming he has one hand tied behind his back due to the club having little money to spend on players.

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Lennon has won one of 15 Championship matches in charge of Bolton this season

 

And former Celtic boss Lennon, who took over at the Macron stadium in October 2014 after leading the Hoops to three league titles north of the border, insists there is no chance that he will throw in the towel.

The Northern Irishman said: “I will never quit. People say about manager’s losing the dressing room but they have got to worry about them losing me because I am here to fight it out.

“If the people at the club or the fans want to make a change, that’s something I can’t control so we will have to wait and see.

“I don’t feel under any pressure but with performances like that, people are going to look at you and say, are you doing well enough?

“That’s the question I ask myself after every game.”

Lennon, whose side are third from bottom in the table, was furious with his team’s application at Portman Road as they crashed to their seventh defeat of the campaign.

He added: “How I get the players motivated, we will work on it but they have got to be better.

“They have got to show more mental strength. We had a big team out in terms of physicality and size.

“We started well and were in the game at half-time. But second half never had a go and that’s what I have said to them. It wasn’t good enough.

“We created good chances but if we are not going to score and we are not going to keep clean sheets, it’s going to be a tough season.”

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