Neil Lennon has parted company with Scottish Premiership champions Celtic after talks with the club’s board regarding his future, strengthening talk that the former Northern Ireland international is set for a management role in the Premier League.
As quoted by the BBC, Lennon said: "I have parted company with Celtic. I can't thank Peter Lawwell and the board enough for their backing and support.
"The club are in a very strong position and I wish the fans and the club all the very best for the future."
Lennon departs Celtic having enjoyed a hugely successful four years as manager, having experienced a trophy-laden spell with the Bhoys during his playing career.
He guided the Scottish side to three Premiership titles in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 after taking charge in 2010 in a caretaker role following the sacking of Tony Mowbray. Having won all of their remaining games that season, Celtic appointed Lennon on a permanent basis in June that year.
Lennon also experienced success in the Scottish Cup, clinching the trophy in 2010-11 and 2012-13, but a move to the Premier League has beckoned for some times and his agent confirmed on Thursday that Lennon had left the club.
The former Manchester City, Crewe, Leicester and Nottingham Forest star, who ended his playing career with Wycombe Wanderers, has been linked with the vacant roles at both Norwich and West Brom, and the bookmakers have installed him as favourite to take over at Carrow Road despite Malky Mackay also being considered for the job.
Former Celtic striker Henrik Larsson is currently the heavy favourite to take over in Glasgow, although the vacancy could interest former Manchester United manager David Moyes should the Scot wish to make an instant return to management.
Moyes was sacked by United in April following a dismal debut season after he succeeded compatriot Sir Alex Ferguson.