Neil Lennon has turned up in Israel in what appears to be an attempt to find a way back into management.
It is more than seven months since he resigned as Celtic manager with no realistic offers to get back into the game.
Media work with BBC Scotland, Sky Sports and BT Sport has provided him with a platform in the UK but there has been a distinct lack of interest in the Irishman from inside the game.
When Lennon first quit Celtic in 2014 he had to wait five months before taking over at Bolton but an unsuccessful time in The Championship seems to have dimmed his prospects of work in England.
During both stints at Celtic it seemed that players based in Israel were highly desired with Hatem Abd Elhamed and Ismaila Soro brought in during the 2019/20 season.
Celtic business model was apparently to identify emerging players and sell them on for a profit but that wasn’t the case with Beram Kayal, Efe Ambrose or Nir Bitton.
Discussing whether he could work in Israel, Lennon told Cengiz Adabag News:
Yes, absolutely. For starters, Israel is a beautiful country. I have a great affiliation with Israel, with the football, because of the players I have worked with and people I have met like Dudu, friends and colleagues over the years.
I have a good relationship with Dudu, who is a big agent in Israel, and he brought me lots of players.
I have always kept an eye on the bigger clubs, like Maccabi, like Be’er Sheva. Even Ashdod because we took Efe Ambrose from there originally. So definitely, it would be something that I am interested in. I have always wanted to work abroad.
Israel hasn’t qualified for a major tournament since the World Cup Finals in 1970. During Lennon’s time as Celtic boss no players were signed from Hungary, Albania, Iceland or Macedonia despite those nations appearing at recent European Championshop Finals.
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