Danny Lennon (born 6 April 1969) is a former football player and current manager of Alloa Athletic. In his playing career he is best known for his spells at Raith Rovers and Partick Thistle. He also experience international football with the Northern Ireland Bside during his spell at Raith. He began his managerial career with Cowdenbeath, the club where he ended his playing days. After a successful period with the Fife club, Lennon was appointed St. Mirren manager in 2010. He won the 2012–13 Scottish League Cup with St. Mirren, but his contract was not renewed when it expired in 2014. After a caretaker spell in charge of the Scotland under-21s, he joined Alloa Athletic on April 2015.
Playing career [ edit ]
He began his career at
Hibernian, before signing for Raith Rovers for £30,000 in 1993. Lennon was part of the Raith squad that won the Scottish League Cup in 1994, but he missed the Final due to injury. Raith qualified for the UEFA Cup thanks to winning the League Cup. Lennon scored in their tie against Bayern Munich, briefly giving Raith a 1–0 lead in the second leg in the Munich Olympic Stadium. [1 ]
After leaving Raith in 1999 he played for
Ayr United, Ross County, Partick Thistle, Gretna, Workington and Cowdenbeath.
International [ edit ]
During his time at
Raith Rovers, Lennon won four caps for Northern Ireland B. Lennon was eligible to play for Northern Ireland through his grandmother. [1 ] [1 ]
Coaching career [ edit ]
Cowdenbeath [ edit ]
Lennon was appointed as
Cowdenbeath manager in 2008, replacing Brian Welsh. Lennon managed the club to two successive promotions despite the club being in significant financial trouble. [2 ] [3 ]
St. Mirren [ edit ]
Lennon was appointed manager of
Scottish Premier League side St. Mirren on 7 June 2010, signing a two-year contract. Lennon picked up his first win for St Mirren with a 1–0 win over [4 ] Hibernian, courtesy of a goal from Craig Dargo. The Buddies finished the season in 11th place, just managing to avoid relegation.
Over the summer, Lennon decided to make wholesale changes in the playing and backroom staff and also developing a new formation and philosophy. Lennon's signings included Scottish internationals,
Gary Teale from Sheffield Wednesday and Steven Thompson from Burnley. He also added Dutch players Nigel Hasselbaink and Jeroen Tesselaar while replacing long term assistant manager Iain Jenkins with a more experienced coach in Tommy Craig. St. Mirren started the season in good form, beating local rivals Greenock Morton 4–2 in the Renfrewshire Cup final and beating Aberdeen in the first home game of the new season. Lennon agreed a new contract with St. Mirren in November 2011, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2014. [5 ]
The following season Lennon lead the Buddies to their first ever
Scottish League Cup triumph in a 3–2 win over Hearts. It was the club's first major silverware since the Scottish Cup win in 1987, and the fourth major honour in the clubs history. [6 ]
After the 2013–14 season was completed, St. Mirren decided not to offer Lennon a new contract.
In February 2015, Lennon was appointed caretaker manager of the
Scotland national under-21 football team. He took charge of one match, a 2–1 victory against Hungary. [8 ] [9 ]
Alloa Athletic [ edit ]
Lennon was appointed manager of
Alloa Athletic in April 2015. [10 ]
Managerial statistics [ edit ]
As of 25 April 2015.
Cowdenbeath June 2008
St. Mirren June 2010
Alloa Athletic April 2015
caretaker spells not included.
Honours [ edit ]
Manager [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]