Carlisle boss Abbott: I signed Tottenham star Lennon for a burger

Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott is delighted seeing Aaron Lennon do so well for Tottenham.

Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott is delighted seeing Aaron Lennon do so well for Tottenham.

Abbott was an Under-14 coach at Leeds United when he first set eyes on ­Lennon, 25, and made it his mission to sign him for the club.

He said: “We were playing Everton, who were all over us, yet we won 3-0 with this ­little kid from Chapeltown ­scoring a hat-trick. I knew then he’d go on to play for England.

“From that day, I set out on a ­personal crusade with Aaron, his dad Winston and brother Tony to get him to sign a ­contract and we managed it.

“The club used to give me two ­hundred quid to take his family out for a meal and, every time, they’d ­politely decline and ask me if we could go to ­McDonald’s ­instead.

“The biggest bill I ever spent was £9.80 – and that included my own Big Mac. All ­Aaron ever wanted was burger and coke, while his dad had coffee.”

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