Ex-Leeds United and Sheffield United stopper Paddy Kenny names former Bolton Wanderers boss as among best managers of his career
Paddy Kenny has named former Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon alongside Neil Warnock as the best managers he played under during his career.
Goalkeeper Kenny had a brief spell at Wanderers for four months in the 2014/15 season, where he acted as backup to Andy Lonergan after Adam Bogdan’s injury.
He was an unused substitute and failed to make an appearance for Bolton and was also loaned out to get some game time at Oldham Athletic before departing Wanderers in January 2015.
The retired goalkeeper played under Warnock for large spells of his career at several clubs in the Premier League and the Championship including Sheffield United, QPR, Leeds United and Rotherham United.
Speaking on the Under The Cosh podcast, when asked who the best manager who he played under in his career apart from fellow Yorkshireman Warnock, Kenny pointed to the time he had under Lennon during his brief spell at Bolton.
Kenny pinpointed the training regimes the Northern Irishman implemented at Wanderers and how he took to it during his brief time at the club.
And he explained why after departing Leeds when he left by mutual consent in 2014 he decided to prolong his playing career for as long as possible, which included his spell at Bolton.
Asked who the best manager of his career that he worked under aside from Warnock, Kenny said: “Probably Neil Lennon.
“Even though I didn’t play, he came in at Bolton when I was there and I remember I just loved his way of training and everything where you’ve got to be spot on every day.
“But then when you stopped training, you could relax a bit and have a bit of banter.
“I wanted to carry on. People I spoke to who were retired were like ‘play as long as you can’.
“I just thought, no I want to carry on, and I had the chance to go to Bolton, stayed there for a bit, then went to Ipswich and then Rotherham.”
Lennon joined Bolton in October 2014 after replacing the dismissed Dougie Freedman, a month after Kenny had signed for the club.
The current Celtic manager lead Wanderers to 18th in his maiden campaign in charge.
But he departed Bolton in March 2016 with the Trotters bottom of the Championship, the club later suffering relegation to League One.