Former Nottingham Forest midfielder Neil Lennon has taken on a surprise new job and he will be managing a player who recently left the Reds.

The ex-Celtic boss has been appointed as the new incumbent at Cypriot top-flight outfit Omonia Nicosia.

He has been out of work since leaving Parkhead in February 2021. Lennon resigned after falling 18 points adrift of Rangers in the quest for ten league titles in a row.

Now, Lennon is back and he takes over an Omonia side looking for a lift. They’ve been forced into the relegation battle this season, finishing in the bottom half of the table.

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For Bachirou, Forest proved a nightmare spell. He signed as a replacement for Ben Watson ahead of the 2020/21 campaign but got injured in the first game he played.

Sabri Lamouchi was then sacked and Chris Hughton never fancied him at all.

Bachirou made just three appearances for the Reds and his last outing came during a 5-1 thrashing over Swansea in the FA Cup.

He’s been more integral to Omonia though and he’s made 21 appearances for the Cypriot outfit.

Lennon will hope to continue working with the 31-year-old as he looks to prove his managerial credentials once again.

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Like the Comoros performer, Lennon struggled to influence things when he signed for Forest too. He checked in with the club in League One and made 18 appearances during the 2007/08 campaign.

Colin Calderwood added him to the ranks but he failed to really make an impact and left for Wycombe after less than a year at the club.

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His latest job is certainly an intriguing one. Omonia are desperate for a pick-me-up and he’ll need to call upon all of his experience to revive the club’s fortunes.

For Bachirou, he will hope to continue getting regular opportunities following a failed Forest spell.

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