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Lennon a better manager than England appears to believe

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I know what you’re thinking.  After the media heavyweights told you, on the day Neil Lennon resigned from Celtic, that he was going because he was unhappy with the amount of money he had to spend, pitching up at Bolton Wanderers is a bit curious.  What you were told that day was nonsense, deliberately headlined to undermine Celtic.

Neil had been in the shop window since the Everton job came up in May 2013 and had long decided he wanted a crack at managing in England before the end of last season.

On paper, the Bolton job looks daunting.  The club are bottom of the second tier of English football, while those immediately above them, Blackpool, Fulham, Wigan and Birmingham, like Bolton have recently had Premier League experience.  It’s early enough in the season that survival is a reasonable expectation, but Neil will know little about the squad he takes over, or about their ability to step up.

Taking this job is a huge risk to an accomplished CV but so is spending an extended period on the side-lines as an out-of-work manager.  Whatever the reasons he didn’t land a better job over the summer, Neil is a better manager than the English clubs appear to believe.  He’ll get Bolton organised and picking up points against teams with better players, just as he did regularly in Europe with Celtic.

In other news many of the same media heavyweights referred to above today report Arsenal are preparing a bid for a Celtic player, in January.  After selling us the same story that the same player would be subject to the same bid back in August.

It’s as though they have space to fill on the sports pages and there’re not been a lot of football recently.

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  1. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Ya old podium chaser yeh..

     

    How you keeping .

     

     

    Good luck Lenny..

  2. weet weet weet(GBWO) on

    Another quality street player I loved was Brian McLaughlin

     

     

    Was never the same after Willie McVie of Clyde nailed him

     

     

    Danny Mac said it was the worst injury of its kind he had ever seen

     

     

    Tragic that he was found dead in a canal in falkirk 2009

     

     

    HH

  3. Good luck to Lenny and his team at Bolton.

     

     

    Sorry you had to leave Celtic for whatever reason and thanks for putting up with all the crap you got in Scotland.

  4. Best of luck to Lenny. I just hope he doesn’t come back and pilfer some of our better players. However he is welcome to a lot of the dross he accumulated.

  5. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    The Gunners are after our players?

     

     

    Please please please let it be Tonev/Berget/Boerrighter.

     

     

    Take all 3 as a job lot.

  6. Just seen NL on SSN at his first training session,called a couple of players over,and took their tammies off them………..seem to remember Sami always had one on at training,maybe to protect his flowing locks

     

    #becausehesworthitcsc

  7. Paul Wilson had a lot to put up with. He was a player with stunning ability, who more often than not did not put it to good use (if he had, we would have had Lionel Messi comparisons). So he often ran into blind alleys, he often tried to beat one man too many.

     

     

    It’s not an exact comparison, but Paddy McCourt comes to mind, as a player with a similar deficiency, who in the right mood could waltz through a defence as if it wasn’t there – but who didn’t do that often enough. My grandfather – who had good Celtic connections – told me that in training, they couldn’t get the ball off Paul Wilson, and that even Jimmy Johnstone didn’t have that level of technical ability. But PW was mostly, not as effective as he should have been.

  8. blantyretim

     

     

    I actually was chasing that one,you’ll know by the the spelling.

     

     

    I made it to McCuills, Never bought a round, cheapest day in Glasgow ever, Met a woman in McCuills and I asked who she was,Ernie Lynch she says,And I said before I thought about Language,YOUR EFFING KIDDING,I really took her too her word,A bit embarrassed after it came out.

  9. time for change on

    Had a great day yesterday at CambuslangKarting help raise £2,400 plus for Marie Curie.

     

     

    Good luck to Neil and his team in their new roles at Bolton, won’t be easy fixing that team.

     

     

    Hoping Scotland do well tomorrow noght however, roll on Ross County at the weekend.

     

     

    HH

  10. auldheid

     

     

    12:20 on 13 October, 2014

     

     

    An tearman

     

     

    Is payment of a living wage a matter purely for shareholders to determine?

     

     

    Or reverse, is payment of a living wage a matter that non shareholders should determine?

     

     

    Or should payment of a living wage be determined by supporters who contribute nothing financially to Celtic or only by those who do?

     

     

    I have no problem with the principle at all and would be happy to contribute a bit more to the cost by for example an increase in my S, but I think those who will bear the cost are the ones who should make the decision.

     

     

    To make an informed decision I would like to know the cost and how it is to be met.

     

     

    An increase in ST is only one solution.

     

     

    Other internal costs can be cut but at what cost to service if running costs or football quality if in football operations?

     

     

    I’m pretty certain that with all the relevant information and options laid out the support would be happy to meet the cost in whatever form it takes, but I’d like to know the different possibilities before making a decision.

  11. But I agree with weet weet weet… before his injury Brian McLaughlin was the best young player I have ever seen in a Celtic jersey, bar none (going back to 1962).

  12. bournesouprecipe on

    Paul67

     

     

    They only know lazy Celtic journalism. The same ‘Scottish’ paper that can report in October, what Arsenal will do in January give us the headline that Celtic players ‘trashed’ Roy Keane’s car!!!!!!

     

     

    They didn’t of course, but they did hop inside with muddy training boots on.

  13. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Oldtim.you ole kadykiller you. Charm offensive worked again then.did they have to hold you down to prevent you going to bar? O))

     

     

    Time for change

     

    Good work mate..

  14. Good morning from Grenada, where the sun is now rising, along with the temperature :-)

     

     

    BT, liked that stry on Marco, sure starts the day on a Brighter note

     

     

    Hail Hail

  15. TET

     

    As I said your new bracelets are BRAW ,

     

    But the Celtic badge & The Original badge (Red & Green one are my favs (cant do FB linky thing) The original one IMHO is stunning.

  16. blantyretim

     

     

    I think Richie had a plan,He kept refusing a drink when I asked if he wanted one and the rest followed suit.

     

     

     

    Good to meet a few CQNers, of kindred spirit, I’ll give you a call later ,Bloody Diabetes is acting up.

  17. lawwellsacountant on

    Was at the game against Clyde,when he was brutally tackled,and of course laptop loyal called it a fair challenge,and nothing has changed in all these years,as Mculloch nearly ruined Kayals career and we were told it was a fair tackle,and the same when that scum bag lasley dislocated Matthews shoulder,same orange refs same orange press what a feckin country

  18. Paul 67 said

     

    “I know what you’re thinking. After the media heavyweights told you, on the day Neil Lennon resigned from Celtic, that he was going because he was unhappy with the amount of money he had to spend, pitching up at Bolton Wanderers is a bit curious. What you were told that day was nonsense, deliberately headlined to undermine Celtic.”

     

     

    Im not sure i completely agree with your assertion, but even so, the obvious question then Paul is

     

     

    Why then did Neil lennon resign from Celtic?

  19. Brian McLaughlin.

     

     

    Very good player.!.

     

     

    Memories of visiting my parents in Glasgow -Christmas / New Year 1977 .and going to see Celtic playing away at Ayr United.. Ayr United won 2-1 . Brian McLaughlin had been recently transferred to Ayr United.Brian McLaughlin scored Ayr s last minute winner .

  20. glendalystonsils on

    Dontbrattbakkinanger

     

    12:21 on

     

    13 October, 2014

     

    The Gunners are after our players?

     

     

    Please please please let it be Tonev/Berget/Boerrighter.

     

     

    Take all 3 as a job lot.

     

     

    Remember we’re on a tight budget. There’s a limit to what PL will pay Arsenal (or anybody for that matter) to take them.

  21. oldtim67

     

     

    12:22 on 13 October, 2014

     

     

    blantyretim

     

     

    I actually was chasing that one,you’ll know by the the spelling.

     

     

    I made it to McCuills, Never bought a round, cheapest day in Glasgow ever, Met a woman in McCuills and I asked who she was,Ernie Lynch she says,And I said before I thought about Language,YOUR EFFING KIDDING,I really took her too her word,A bit embarrassed after it came out.

     

     

     

    ===========================

     

     

    Ernie’s a WUMMIN!???

  22. “I know what you’re thinking. After the media heavyweights told you, on the day Neil Lennon resigned from Celtic, that he was going because he was unhappy with the amount of money he had to spend, pitching up at Bolton Wanderers is a bit curious. What you were told that day was nonsense, deliberately headlined to undermine Celtic.”

     

     

    Paul67

     

     

    can you please advise why Neil Lenoon resigned?

     

     

    It’s pretty obvious the club was not prepared for it at the time.

     

     

    If you are so sure that is not the reason then furnish us as to why NL resigned.

     

     

    Nl is no longer our manager. I wish him well at Bolton but don’t particualrly care now whther or not he succeeds or not now he has left Celtic. I am interested in the goings on at Celtic, the current manager, players, performances and the ongoings\shambles in the boardroom.

     

     

    MWD said AYE

  23. Moonbeams WD. Wee Oscar’s our Bhoy and Kano’s our mhan. The Vow – Critically Rebuked by 45% of this fine nation.

     

    Couldn’t find TEXT donate option for your venture Sir.

     

    Get your page up for a while a great cause that others will support I feel.

  24. Just one thing on NL going to Bolton. Surprised to see Mjallby going with him. Were we not told that Mjallby was wanting to be his own man at a club? Could it be that Ronny was going to be thrust upon Neil Lennon as his number 2?

     

     

    LB

  25. Tamrabam, MWD – I don’t think we’ll ever get a definitive single reason. I was told by somebody I trust that it was mostly to do with the social/family life side of things ie needing a body guard all the time.

     

     

    So I don’t think it was a single issue but a combination ie if he’d had board support, he could maybe have put up with the social aspect, or if he’d been able to live his life normally, he could have dealt with the limited budget.

     

     

    Everything together was too much.

  26. On our way back from a wonderful weekend in the care and hospitality of Iain (St Martin’s Bhoy) and his wonderful missus Jack of the Tyneside CSC. Incredible human beings with the best of Celtic’s traditions at their heart.

     

     

    Billy McNeill and Willie McStay are an absolute credit to the name, Celtic. Both Mary and Liz, their wives, are as much a part of our club as their men.

     

     

    Hail Hail

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