Neil Lennon gives update on whether he’ll be next Ireland manager

The former Celtic manager has been tipped as one of the favourites for the Irish job. 

Neil Lennon has called the FAI process on selecting a new manager as ‘stringent and professional’. 

The Lurgan man has made no secret of his desire to become the next Irish manager and has been interviewed by the Football Association of Ireland. 

However, the former Northern Ireland captain is reportedly not the preferred candidate. Current England U-21 boss Lee Carsley has been heavily linked with the job and is the FAI first choice. 

Latest reports state that Carsley will not be taking the job with former teammate Jason McAteer suggesting the 40 timed capped midfielder is ‘not interested’ in the Irish job at this stage of his coaching career. 

The FAI had hoped to ratify the chosen candidate at last week’s board meeting ahead of the Nation League Draw on Thursday. Chairperson Tony Keohane after the meeting told the press that “I’d expect in the next short while.

“I don’t want to give you an absolute time because obviously it’s a work in progress, but in the not-too-distant future.”

Lennon was on the PLZ Soccer Show this week and said, “You have got to respect the process. They (FAI) have been very, very diligent in their approach to this, they’ve been very stringent and very professional.

“When they have decided to make the call, we’ll know. But it has been a long process, but one that you have to respect.”

On Thursday, the Republic of Ireland learned who they will face in the Nations League later on this year.