You and I lived through those torturous months when Neil Lennon’s second stint as manager was clearly about to end. The murky details were largely kept behind the scenes as the manager, players and club did their best to get on with business until a new strategy was in place.
Contrast to yesterday’s statement by Aberdeen chairman, Dave Cormack. He prefaced his plan by co-opting other board members by name, a clear attempt at defence is numbers, before going on say Jim Goodwin “will be in the dug-out on Saturday. However…. the Board and the fans are seeking an immediate response”.
If only demanding change was an effective way to achieving change, Aberdeen would race up the table. Parts of the football business are horrible; Dave Cormack is in one such place at the moment. He is not handling it well.
Moritz Jenz didn’t do much wrong in his 19 games for the club. He is a year older than Yuki Kobayashi, the central defender who replaces him in the squad, but the German has more relevant experience of European football. Celtic initially hoped to convert his loan spell into a permanent deal, the player was even considered as an alternative to Carl Starfelt when the Swede arrived in 2021.
Moritz now needs to make a success at Schalke, his next expected destination, after dropping out of the picture after early successes at both Lorient and Celtic. Ryan Porteous is the same age as Moritz and is also likely to leave Scottish football within the next week, as Hibs have accepted a $500k bid from Watford.
It’s harsh on Hibs, who are in terrible form and almost certainly about to lose their best defender and best striker. They and Aberdeen have to wonder how Hearts manage to outperform them with similar resources.