Neil Lennon,Celtic Manager-Part Two.
You knew this day would come and here it is. My thoughts on Neil Lennon’s appointment as the new Celtic manager.
The reason why we have decided to spread these articles out over a few days is to allow people the chance to compose their thoughts on the subject into an article of their own to add to the opinions of myself,MAHE and THEEXILEDTIM.
So get the old typewriter a-clacking and let us know your thoughts!
Who knew winning a Treble Treble could bring you such a high? Well,I think we all figured that it would,but how many of us figured that we would have those cheesy grins wiped off our faces before we had even got home? It seems only Peter Lawwell knew that,and he wasted no time in proving it.
Neil Lennon turned out to be the best man for the job back in 2010,although only after an unedifying round of “roadshows” to sell his appointment to the troops. During his tenure,there was a mixture of the good,the bad and the ugly coming through the doors as new signings,and the profit made from the good outweighed the hefty losses on the bad and the ugly. Sometimes the football was scintillating to watch,sometimes it was bloody awful,but he fitted the bill at the time as PL continued his march to downsize the club and manage expectations.
He took over from the unfortunate Tony Mowbray,who had seen his Celtic career wrecked by the season of honest mistakes-only one of which was Fortune,btw. Mowbray,the only Celtic manager this century not to win the league,had succeeded Gordon Strachan. Now,my views on Gordon’s tenure have been widely noted elsewhere,I think he was too quick to get rid of the old guard and acquiesced too easily to requests not to play Bobo Balde. IMO,he should have demanded more backing from the board,and I think he would have got it too. There were some excellent signings of course,but we still saw a notable decline in quality in playing staff and in ability. Strangely,the wage bill mushroomed during this period of downsizing as the numbers at Lennoxtown went through the roof!
Many of us were unsurprised by signings like Caldwell,Miller-out the door at the first sniff of an offer-Mark Brown,et al. We had seen it before when MON had to make do with Henri Kamara as a replacement for Henrik Larsson. It took the signing of Willo Flood to give the huns a sniff they didn’t deserve,not from seven points behind at New Year. They then spent big again-digging their own grave as it turned out-while we further retrenched.
(The huns though won enough CL riches to keep themselves viable,money which should have been ours. It wasn’t overspending that killed them,it was the illegal methods they used to pay their staff which did that!)
Why am I telling you all this when I’m supposed to be talking about the appointment of Neil Lennon? Simple. Neil Lennon wasn’t the first candidate on very many lists for the job. But he has it now,and Celtic fans always always support the new manager.
The big question is-how much will he be allowed to manage? How many decisions on playing staff retention or new signings will be at his instigation,the tried and trusted method seen the world over in football that the manager discusses and agrees on a budget,he then requests that the board sign certain players and the board do their level best-100%-to get that’s player. After all,the board want the manager to succeed-success for the manager reflects well on the choice that they made,and it brings more money into the club via footfall and marketing,etc.
As increasing numbers of the support grow ever wiser to PL’s methods and influence,any failure during Neil’s tenure will land at the door of the CEO. The board are taking a huge risk here,similar failures in the past gave the huns a CL lifeline for three years.
Back Neil the way that the fans will back him.
Or suffer the consequences.
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