Neil Lennon,Celtic Manager-Part One.
So Lenny is the new man, some are obviously disappointed others are delighted. I suppose it’s where your starting point is, the delighted ones are happy to beat the huns and europe can take a back seat, the disappointed ones want us to do well in europe and the huns can take a back seat.
There are some,believe it or not,who couldn’t care one way or another.
Lenny wouldn’t have been my first choice, that would have been an upgrade on Brendan Rodgers. The board’s decision to appoint him is the best thing they have ever done IMO, they gambled for once and it paid off big time.
The invincible season was awesome, the second season was a bit of a let down-superb all the same-but the cracks were starting to show. This treble treble season has been fraught in many ways but the team and the managers got us over the line to a history making season, and well done to everyone involved.
So how did we end up with Lenny? I have asked that question many times,and unless someone from the club comes out and tells us,we can only speculate as to why we lost the best coaching set up we have had for many years and ended up with Lenny.
So speculate I will.
I said earlier that the cracks were beginning to show last year, there was rampant speculation as to why,but the cracks between the hierarchy and the manager were palpable. It all came to a head last summer when Brendan went public with his concerns and when we didn’t get his targets he threw the towel in. It was said that he was offered a job in China,we then heard that Dermot stepped in and banged the two ego trippers heads together and for a while it seemed that things were back on track.
Sadly they never were, the damage had been done. We could all sense that something was just not right. Again the blogs were speculating but the feelings were there and just wouldn’t go away,and I think the straw that broke Brendan’s resolve was not getting Jonh McGinn. He was get-able for little money but the deal maker obviously thought that he could get him for a freebie in the January window or play Petrie at Hibs-he didn’t see Villa coming on the scene and we lost him for the sake of a few hundred grand.
This IMO is the main reason we lost us our manager. I think the board knew this as well and plans were set in motion as to what to do when Brendan departed the club. We have to fast forward a few months till the winter break, Brendan again went public with his discontent with the board when they, not him, the club bought the Ukrainian fella. Now this wasn’t the first time they had brought a player in without his knowledge-Arzani arrived without Brendan knowing anything about him-so we can now publicly see the beginning of the end and it was only gonna end one way, the CEO would prevail.
Celtic is not big enough for two gigantic egos and you really have to admire Pedro, he is a master at manipulation and deviousness, which brings me round to Lenny again.
The board knew 100% that Brendan would be leaving at the end of this season. Not to know would have been a dereliction in their duty to the PLC, the shareholders and as a secondary thought the club, so they knew alright.
£9 million in compensation tells you they knew alright.
Throw in the power and influence that Dermot has within the footballing and business world, it would have been folly on Brendan’s part to not keep him informed at all times of what was happening re him leaving. To think otherwise is akin to acting like a thick cap doffing hun.
Back to Lenny, now as I said everything is pure speculation but there are far too many things that just don’t add up. Lenny not resigning from Hibs, nor was he sacked, he just didn’t work there any more. I put it to the Celtic supporting world that the board knew that Brendan would be leaving earlier than planned and they engineered the non dismissal of Lenny from Hibs-did I mention that we got £9 million compensation from Leicester?These things take a while to resolve. It didn’t happen after Brendan left, Oh no, this would all have been worked out before Brendan shot the craw. Again, had it not been the board would have been failing in their duty to the PLC and the shareholders-they obviously don’t care about the supporters, they never have and never will.
All it would take to see that Brendan was the bad barsteward for leaving the club in the lurch was a few well placed snippets in the media and his trusted blogs, and hey presto, everything is back on track! You have to hand it to Pedro at the end of the day, he is one shrewd operator, if he wasn’t such a yes man to his bosses I could actually admire him ?
So there you have it, a new manager who was always going to get the job no mater what IMO-and no it’s not just my opinion, our esteemed CEO has confirmed that we didn’t talk to any other candidates. That in itself should be a sacking offence, that is a serious dereliction of his duty to the shareholders, what they are telling you is they didn’t go for the best available candidate, then to top things off Lenny was given the job in the showers! Talk about amateur hour, and some laugh at the huns for things like this. Well done Pedro, you are a bigger charlatan than I thought you were.
So to conclude, am I disappointed with Lenny’s appointment? No-if Lenny is backed he will do ok, he will bring home the ten that craved by so many. He might even get us CL football. The sad thing is,the ten only justifies the cheating scums existence, but there you go, the Old Firm is what it’s all about for the vast majority.
What bothers me and many others is I honestly don’t have faith that the board will back Lenny properly, they have a history of failing to back managers when in a position of strength. Will that change this time? I for one won’t be holding my breath, but I hope to be eating my words. Sadly I just can’t see it.
I wish Lenny all the luck in the world as he will need it.
One more thing as an aside, everyone in the Celtic world reckons that the media is slanted against us. They could be right, they probably are right, the media have shown over the years that if they can put a negative or an anti Celtic stance on things they sure do, it’s in their DNA. So ask yourself why Pedro always gets a free ride from the self same media that is obviously against us, no matter what is happening around the club, all the negative stuff, the fall outs, the throwing the toys out of the pram, Pedro always comes up smelling of roses. Just a thought ?
Many thanks to THE EXILED TIM for his thoughts on the subject. Mahe and I have our own views too,which will be aired over the next few days. If you would like to add your own thoughts on this as part of the series,let us know at