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HIBS OPEN NEW CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS WITH LENNON

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HIBS have opened up discussions with their manager Neil Lennon about a bumper new contract that will see the former Celtic and Bolton boss commit himself to the Easter Road club for the next 3 or 4 years.

Lennon’s current deal expires next summer and after returning to the Premiership this season, the Easter Road side want to ensure that they can keep hold of their manager, whose success at Hibs is bound to attract interest in him elsewhere.

Ambitious Hibs aim to secure Lennon on a new, improved deal that will see him take charge of team until the summer of 2020.

Lennon is hugely popular at Easter Road, with the Hibs fans appreciative of the winning mentality that he has brought to the club. Last season’s Championship win was vital for the club and Lennon also took Hibs to the Scottish Cup semi-final where they were unfortunate to lose to Aberdeen.

The Hibs board had seen enough and have backed Lennon’s ambitions for the club in this summer’s transfer window, bringing in a series of international players such as Marciano,Whittaker, Ambrose, Slivka, Matulevicius and Hibernian hero Stokes.

Last weekend Lennon took his side to the most hostile of environments at Ibrox and proved that he was capable of standing up to the sectarian abuse aimed at him, comfortably leading his side to another 3-2 win over Rangers.

The 3-1 home set-back at the weekend to Hamilton – the side which relegated Hibs three years ago – was a real coupon buster and a sickener for the Hibs fans after the joys of winning in Govan.

Lennon will be out to prove that defeat is a one-off as he targets second place in the Premiership.

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