Former Sheffield United man Paddy Kenny recommends manager he likens to Neil Warnock
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Former Sheffield United man Paddy Kenny recommends manager he likens to Neil Warnock

Former Sheffield United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny thinks Neil Lennon should succeed Chris Wilder as the club’s next manager.

The Blades are currently without a permanent boss following Wilder’s departure last month.

Paul Heckingbottom is in caretaker charge as things stand, but has made it clear he doesn’t want the job permanently.

Several names have been linked with the vacant position at Bramall Lane.

This vary from established figures in England, such as Slavisa Jokanovic, to more unknown coaches from Europe like Alexander Blessin.


But Kenny thinks Lennon – who has been without a job since leaving Celtic in February – is the right choice.

“I was with Lenny at Bolton for a few months,” the 42-year-old told Football Insider.

I think you know what you’re gonna get with him. He wears his heart on his sleeve. Crazy as anything.

“They’re a team that are looking to bounce back up and he’s a good option.

“He did really well with us at Bolton. We looked like we were going to go down and he took over and saved us.

“We were struggling really badly and he came in and kept us up quite comfortably. They could definitely do worse.

“He’s really strict. He reminds me a bit of (Neil) Warnock where he was strict but you can have a bit of a laugh with him as well.”

Sheffield United should ignore Paddy Kenny recommendation

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Kenny played for United last time they were in the Premier League before last season back in 2006/07.

Back then Warnock was in charge and was the last manager to get the South Yorkshire side promoted to the top flight before Wilder.

The ‘keeper later played for Lennon at Bolton Wanderers. The Scot did indeed guide them away from the Championship relegation zone in 2014/15, but left the following March with the club rock bottom.

That is Lennon’s only managerial experience in English football, with the rest coming in his native Scotland.

The 49-year-old won five Scottish Premiership titles with Celtic during two spells, while also getting Hibernian promoted from the Scottish Championship.

This isn’t going a slight on Scottish football. Brendan Rodgers has shown at Leicester City that success with the Hoops can transition straight to England.

Yet as a coach, Lennon clearly isn’t on the same level as Rodgers. His previous time in the Championship was brief and largely uninspiring.

If the Blades board appointed Lennon, it is unlikely to excite the fans.

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