Lennon's mobile phone ban gives Hibs players break from social media

Neil Lennon in training with his players
Neil Lennon stresses the importance of conversation among his players

Banning mobile phones from training has given Hibernian's squad an "oasis" away from social media, says manager Neil Lennon.

Lennon, 47, prefers players to adopt an "old school" approach to strengthen communication "on and off the field".

"It's important in a footballing environment that they converse with each other," he said.

"They're fine with it. We've had a lot of success and they're a close knit group."

'I know it's a different generation'

Former Celtic boss Lennon, who won the Championship and promotion with Hibs last year and led them into Europe this year, feels his policy is particularly relevant for younger players.

"You'd bring them in for a chat and every answer would be monosyllabic," Lennon explained on BBC Radio 5 live Sport.

"How's your mum and dad? 'All right'. How'd you think you played yesterday? 'Fine'.

"But if you put a phone in front of them they could write War and Peace for you.

"I know it's a different generation. I get that and I'm not a dictator by any means - but it's a simple rule that they just have to abide by. Communication is always vital on and off the field.

"Unfortunately, these days a lot of guys are influenced by public opinion on Twitter, on Facebook, and I think at times it can be a very, very good thing but also a lot of times I think it can be a very detrimental thing as well to them.

"To have that atmosphere and communication, it's a bit old school I know. I just think for those four or five hours, it's their oasis and somewhere to be enjoyed rather than worry about things."

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