Football

Lennon: I copied Rodgers' style

Bolton boss hopes to turn the 
Trotters into giant-killers like Celtic

ON THE TROT: Bolton manager Neil Lennon (left) has lifted the club from bottom of the Championship to 15th spot since he took over last October.

Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon has warned that the Trotters can pull off an upset after revealing that he copied his training techniques from Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

Lennon, 43, had studied Rodgers' methods when his fellow Northern Irishman was in charge of Reading 
in 2009.

The following year, Lennon took over at Scottish club Celtic and led them to three league titles and several forays in the Champions League, which included a 1-0 upset win over Barcelona in 2012.

Said Lennon: "I've been in this situation before, with Celtic against big teams. We will set out a team to compete, we're not going there for the day out."

The former Leicester City midfielder said he is not surprised at how Rodgers had risen over the years.

Added Lennon: "He was so methodical in his preparations and his training sessions were brilliant.

"I still use some of them now, but don't tell him as I don't know if he has the copyright on them!

"I had a couple of days with him when he was at Reading and I really enjoyed it. He talked about his coaching days at Chelsea and about his own ideas on the game.

"It didn't go well for him at Reading. But Swansea was a great success and he's gone on to do brilliant things at Liverpool."

Lennon himself had also performed creditably since taking charge of Bolton last October, lifting the cash-strapped club from bottom of the Championship to 15th spot.

One of his latest signings was former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey, who was providing analysis for Liverpool's in-house television channel not too long ago.

SURPRISE

The 37-year-old made a surprising return to English football last month when he joined Bolton after a two-year stint in Australia with the Newcastle Jets.

Just last November, he had played in an exhibition match in Singapore, scoring a goal when the Liverpool Masters beat the Singapore Masters 3-1 in Aleksandar Duric's testimonial.

Heskey enjoyed a four-year spell with Liverpool following his £11 million ($22m) move from Leicester in 2000 and played alongside the likes of Gerrard, Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher in the team who won 
the 2001 FA Cup.

Said Heskey: "It wasn't long ago, a few months ago, when I was doing LFCTV, so to actually be going back there and putting my boots on and playing against Liverpool 
is wonderful.

"The fans were wonderful to me while I was there. I'll hopefully get a good reception and play 
my heart out." 


- Wire Services.