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Bolton boss Neil Lennon focused on football ahead of "huge" Rotherham clash

Neil Lennon will be in charge of Bolton for their visit to Rotherham on Boxing Day after his number two Steve Walford insists he is focused on getting three points in South Yorkshire.

Lennon was the subject of an internal investigation earlier this week after the Sunday Mirror made allegations about his private life, but he was given the go-ahead to resume managerial duties.

The incident is just another in a long line of off-field problems for Wanderers, who have been hit with an HMRC winding-up order over an unpaid tax bill while their on-field life isn't much better, with just one win all season.

But Walford, who has only been in the role a number of weeks, said: "The situation with the manager now has been cleared up regarding the staff and the players; he's spoken to them and they're all behind him.

"He's obviously down and very sorry for his actions. I've known Neil a long time and he'll bounce back, no danger. The players and the club are all behind him now. As far as I'm concerned, I think the matter's closed.

"The club has had an internal inquiry and as far as everything is concerned it's finished; that matter is dealt with and done.

"It's an unwanted distraction for the manager - I think he realises that it doesn't look great for him.

"He's put it behind him and he's looking forward now for the rest of the season to keep this club in this division."

Bolton have not won since September and are bottom of the table ahead of a vital visit to New York Stadium.

They are currently four points behind the Millers - and five from safety - and know the value of a win.

"It's a huge game for us because they got a fine result at the weekend so they will be confident, but our players will be confident enough to go and get a result," Walford added.

"They are really good lads and they want to win and they want to do well for the club and once we get the first win it will lift the burden and we will go on a run.

"We should have beaten Charlton and we should have beaten Fulham. But two draws has given the lads confidence they can go and win the game. They believe now."

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