NEIL LENNON has been linked with the vacant manager’s post at English fourth-tier side Salford City.

The Irishman departed Celtic in February and there was talk of a quickfire return to the dug-out, as CQN forecast in March.

Lennon has emerged as one of the favourites for the job at the club owned by former Manchester United players, with David Beckham, Gary and Phil Neville and Ryan Giggs among them. Ironically, Roy Keane, their former Old Trafford team-mate who last managed 10 years ago before he left Ipswich Town, has also been mentioned.

Derek McInnes, who exited Aberdeen in March after eight years in charge at Pittodrie, has also been mentioned as a possibility, according to a report in The Scotsman.

Stand-in gaffer Gary Bowyer will leave the League Two post to return to Derby County after they narrowly avoided relegation to the third tier at the weekend.

The frontrunner is more likely to be Alex Neil, the former Hamilton Accies and Norwich City chief who quit Preston in March.

Salford sacked Richie Wellens two months ago as their promotion bid faltered. He had earlier replaced Graham Alexander, now in charge at Motherwell, on November 4.

It is difficult to imagine Lennon moving from competing in the Champions League to football in the fourth tier in the space of a year.

The Hoops legend, who won 10 titles – five as a player and five as a manager – at Parkhead, is eager to return, but there are bound to be other opportunities when the managerial merry-go-round takes another spin in the summer.

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