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Lennon agrees deal to become Hibs boss

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Neil Lennon has agreed a deal to become the next Hibernian manager and should formally sign a contract on Wednesday.

The former Celtic boss has been out of work since parting company with Bolton in March but will succeed Alan Stubbs.

Stubbs left for Rotherham United last week after two seasons in charge and having just won the Scottish Cup.

It is believed Lennon – who wants Garry Parker as his number two – will sign a one-year rolling deal to become the highest-paid manager in Hibs’ history.

He and Parker pair played together at Leicester City and Lennon had Parker as part of his coaching team at Celtic and Bolton Wanderers.

Former Northern Ireland midfielder Lennon, who won the League Cup twice as a player with Leicester, served Celtic as a player for six-and-a-half years, winning five Scottish titles and six domestic cups.

After a spell back in English football, Lennon rejoined Celtic as a coach in 2008 and eventually became manager in 2010.

He enjoyed further success in the dugout at Celtic Park with three successive top-flight titles and two Scottish Cup triumphs before leaving in 2014.

A move to Bolton followed later that year and, although Wanderers initially improved under Lennon, they were bottom of the Championship by the time he left in March, with the side eventually relegated.

Hibs have spent the last two seasons in Scotland’s second tier and missed out on promotion to the Premiership after a play-off defeat by Falkirk, having also lost out in the play-offs in 2015.

But after ending their 114-year wait to win the Scottish Cup, the Edinburgh club will enter the Europa League qualifying rounds, with their first match on 14 July.

On Sunday, Stubbs told BBC Scotland he thought that Lennon, his former Celtic team-mate, would be a “a good choice” for the Easter Road vacancy.

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