New coaching team hired

Lennon handed budget for Hibs promotion

Leeann Dempster welcomes new coach Neil Lennon (photo: Terry Murden)
Leeann Dempster welcomes new coach Neil Lennon (photo: Terry Murden)

Neil Lennon has been handed a transfer budget to ensure next season is Hibernian’s last in Scotland’s second tier.

The Easter Road club is believed to have made the former Celtic manager and his new number two Garry Parker their highest paid coaching team.

A couple of seasons ago Lennon was being linked to English Premier League clubs and chief executive Leeann Dempster admitted today that she was delighted to have the chance of working with someone of his stature.

In a media conference she said that in “the last 24 hours” she and Lennon had discussed players they wanted to bring to the club. She admitted there was no limit imposed on the new manager, although it is thought the club is seeking two or three players for key positions.

However, she declined to discuss details about the size of funds available, saying only: “We are working to a budget I am happy with.”

She spoke about the club and Lennon sharing the same ambition to get the club back into the Scottish Premier League but declined to answer questions on how these ambitions would be financed, apart from the funds raised from a recent share issue.

Neil LennonRegarding Lennon’s appointment, she said: “He became the stand-out person and we had a great first meeting. We are on the same page on a number of issues.”

The club has sold 8,000 season tickets, fuelled by enthusiasm around the Scottish Cup win, and Dempster hopes that to reach10,000 by the time the season kicks off.

“The club is in a strong position and we feel we will be competitive,” she said.

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    He spent 14 years as a player at Rangers, before returning as a coach in 2005.

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