Media fast and loose with Neil Lennon comments


The annual raft of idle speculation unsettling Celtic’s playing and managerial resources is well underway.  One newspaper headline today proclaimed, “Celtic boss wants Canaries to approach him”, based on Neil Lennon when talking about moving to England saying, “There has been no offer, there has been no concrete phone call or anything like that, so I haven’t really had a decision to make on it”.  Countless others have followed in a similar theme.

Neil Lennon has not really hidden the fact that he would like to manage in the FA Premier League one day, but none of the journos with pages to fill have any notion on his thoughts of dropping a division in England.  In the real world, Neil is showing no reticence in pursuing team development plans for next season.  We’ll be involved in Champions League football two months from tomorrow, the manager is busy on the matters in hand.

Best wishes to John Brown for his inspired attempts to take down Newco Rangers.  More power to you, John, I hope you have any many lemmings lined up as possible.  Some months ago the plotters had a notion that they would starve Newco shareholders into handing over the club for zilch, or £1 less than Rangers were sold to a liquidation expert for.  It remains possible that Sevco will starve, but notions that there will be an outcome for the plotters which is more desirable than an existence under the current crew are fading by the day.

Don’t forget, we’ve Tommy Gemmell, live on the blog, on Friday between 13:00 and 16:00.  He’ll be here to chat and answer your questions.

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  1. mullet and co 2 on

    So if Laxeys margarita and blue pitch agree not to sell Ibrox or the training ground how will they maximise their profit?


    King has forced the issue early.


    How many will no suddenly empty their Piggy banks and head up to the big hoose for a season book?


    Wallace can only go back and ask for a share issue earlier but will that be ring fenced to existing shareholders as planned or opened up to king liar?


    They need about £20 million to help them get to this time next year. Will they finish in the top half of the division with a chance at a play off though?

  2. HT



    Was there any topic in particular exercising the supporters’ minds at the meeting?

  3. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    twists n turns



    21:34 on 14 May, 2014







    Thanks for your response. I thought I was posting with invisible ink again.



    On the point of an ” offer not to be refused”, I don’t think that should apply, in this case.



    He has had two recent meetings with DD and PL, presumably to discuss last season and planning for the season ahead.



    I think it highly improbable that, after receiving the support to continue in his post, that he would not reciprocate, in committing himself to the club.



    To do otherwise, would, I feel, not be in character.



    I think that he needs another season, at least at CP to underline his credentials.



    His Euro form this year fell below last year’s standard and his domestic cup results were unacceptable.



    Notwithstanding the loss of Hooper, Wilson and Wanyama, the tactical naivety, exposed his managerial weaknesses.



    I think that in the game, managing Celtic is the only way that he will gain an sort of European profile and he will plateau at the level of his mentors, I.e. MON and WGS…..managing sides who punched above their weight.




    SPFL , lower EPL or Championship.




    And, if he is flirting with the lkes of Norwich and I don’t think he is, then, he too knows his level.

  4. Somebody said earlier,that Lenny is calling PLs bluff,and trying to get a better budget for the CL.Would only be one winner there.My crib is Lenny is playing the field.He is letting it be known,if the right team came in,he would be off.Where does that leave us?.Maybe one month before CL qualifiers,transfer window open,searching for a new manager.


    If he did not want to leave,its easy to say it.


    People telling me to calm down.We will see how calm the support are if we lose out in the CL because of this.He could at least say”No comment”instead of “Being very flattered”and “Wanting to manage in England”Flattered by being mentioned for Norwich,FFS.

  5. Gutted to hear there might be movement toward king by the board. My fear is Wallace finds a solution that does not involve a leaseback scenario. Wallace leading a sensible strategy which is funded and will be well backed by the masses. Not happy to hear of potential concession.

  6. Mullet



    Too simplistic??



    Rangers have agreed to hold talks with UOF.



    2 days to go to deadline for season books.



    “Ok let’s talk”



    “Now give us your money”



    “Thanks for your money”



    “We are through talking”



    Talk have broken down between Rangers and UOF…..

  7. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on




    22:58 on 14 May, 2014


    Big Georges Fan Club


    No helicopters needed in those days and no helicopters needed in these days. Funny how the more things change the more they stay the same







    And the only really dark decade during the intervening period was fuelled by cheating and tax avoidance.



    Other than the fair challenge by Dundee United and Aberdeen, Celtic could have dominated for an even more significant period over the last half-century.






  8. Brian mcclair was a superb footballer.



    A big hero of mines after charlie left.



    He was a better servant.



    99 Goals.



    I don’t actually remember him having a bad game.

  9. Hmmm….See That Malky Mackay Appears To Have Lost His Claim For Compensation From Cardiff City…



    Following His Sacking By The Malaysian Despot..



    And It Seems That He Had To Pay His Own Legal Expenses..?



    So I Guess That Frees Him Up To Seek New And Exciting Management Challenges !



    He Certainly Knew How To Achieve Promotion From The Championship …



    As A Player……



    Having Achieved This Feat With Three Different Clubs….



    Norwich,West Ham…And Watford…



    In Three Consecutive Seasons 2003-2006…



    Quite Apart From His Successes In Gaining Promotion As A Manager…



    He Was Particularly Inspirational As Norwich’s Captain..



    In Their Promotion Drive…




    I Certainly Reckon That He Would Be A Safer Option For Norwich….



    If Delia Smith Still Has Her Marbles..









    Viva Donny Toadily…..!



    Up The Brazen Heid…!

  10. ttt



    Maybes Lenny will get frustrated with the lack of investment in the team.



    He must have managed, along with JP to take in over 60 mill for the club, and they give him what, 10% investment in the team.



    Back of a fag packet calcs, but near enough to get the gist, aligned with family and personal issues, I am surprised he is still at the club.




  11. ‘Choccy’ used to be quickly pounced on by the boo-boys whenever he messed up a pass, or missed a good chance, both rare occurrences. Despite all the goals, he didn’t seem to be universally popular among the supporters. Was this down to the adoration of his then strike-partner by the fans? Or was he perceived as not ‘getting stuck in’ enough?

  12. After a busy weekend of celebrations of both the current team and some old legends I’ve spent the last few days completing some CSC tasks which included sending emails and banking money.



    It was at that point today after I left the bank during my lunchtime that I realised the season is now done and the tedious close season is upon us when rumour after rumour will engulf brains and make sane people unreasonable and delusional.



    Our managers posturing and utterances are just smoke screens. Like most comments from all managers in public we need to look at the bigger picture. I think our manager will leave. I think he will take the first English job that he is offered. I think the club know this as well. But they still have to prepare with him in case that job offer doesn’t come.



    This season felt like the end of Lennon’s time. The same as it did in MONs and WGS. It feels like the perfect time for a parting of the ways. Nothing more than a gut instinct.



    Its a long summer but after a few days away from this Saturday I will return refreshed, look forward to sorting out my CSCs relocation at CP and preparing for an AGM. I fully expect to be wondering if our new manager will improve or maintain Lennon’s success.



    Hiya Sixtaeseven (LOTW).

  13. Billy Bhoy 05 on




    I’m just in and saw your rant. I really upset you and yet I’ve never said anything bad about you, but you have about me.


    I noticed my rebuttal about your daft accusations wasn’t mentioned in your rant.


    I find it incredible that you can get so upset against someone that would give his life up for his country. I have been out at the pub, so maybe a wee bit daft there.


    You have often stated your hatred for our wee horrible, bigoted country, so why so upset when someone like me objects, it’s only what you should expect?


    Going to bed have a nice night.



    Ps: the Drumchapel thing is acknowledged but I was brought up


    in Bridgeton and Easterhouse: so if you want to go down the how hard it was road I will win hands down



    Scotland is a superb country to live in and bring your family up in.



    But massive improvements needed and Independence will be the start.

  14. Celticrollercoaster luvs his luminious lime boots on

    The Singing Detective Demands The Resignation Of Campbell Ogilvie




    23:23 on 14 May, 2014




    Hmmm….See That Malky Mackay Appears To Have Lost His Claim For Compensation From Cardiff City…





    How come all of the media is reporting that both parties has reached settlement of the claim before it hitting a tribunal/ law court?








  15. mullet and co 2 on

    I would hazard a guess that Neil Lennon is viewed in much the same way as Samaras and mjallby. I.e we could get cheaper elsewhere.


    I disagree with the Samaras asset management strongly. Paul’s assertion that he is no longer effective as others have cottoned on to his strength us wrong. Neil Lennon played the wrong way in Europe and Sammy suffered as a result. I wondered why Neil thought we needed a quick lefty when he was justifying borighter but it is now apparent he was the replacement for Samaras. The transfer fee for the Dutchman and his wages have been wasted.


    If Paul’s hints that Neil thinks Samaras is dispensable are true then I fear for our next foray into Europe.


    A big if wrt Neil going anywhere but maybe a board gamble on allowing it to happen would result in a better asset manager than Neil. I won’t be holding my breath because the board will probably offer the job to today’s equivalent of pochetino. There were rumours that a Polish coach had accepted the job before Neil was officially appointed. Nothing would surprise me in these Rangers free times.

  16. mighty tim supporting wee Oscar on

    An tearmann Monday before I go to deepest darkest Galston mate. My son has asked me to take him to the primary school. He is doing a 2 hour question and answer then teaching the kids some training in his sport.

  17. burnley78



    23:14 on 14 May, 2014



    Why you worrying what the Huns are up to ?


    They’re light years behind us and will be for a long time no matter who is in charge. HH

  18. Billy Bhoy 05 on

    There is a lot of speculation on Lenny going down south but I don’t think he will get an opportunity.


    Have a wee look at the quality of candidates available.


    However if it did happen I would love to see Owen Coyle at Parkhead

  19. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on




    23:10 on 14 May, 2014



    A number of ongoing issues including stewarding, FAC and the OBaF Act and the Living Wage proposal.

  20. Neil Lennon will be the manager of Southamton next season.Celtic management will be Stevie Clarke,Brian McClair and Stephen Friel.and Danny McGrain will be replaced with John Kennedy .

  21. mullet and co 2 on

    Billy bhoy or is it saltires in Seville? Why don’t you challenge neganon to a foot race or some such rather than taking your testosterone free saltire on a Celtic football club blog.


    It’s boring. Away and put yer tartan trousers on and parade up and down your nearest high street with yer saltire rather than tearing the shirt off us on here.

  22. mullet and co 2 on

    Billy bhoy,Owen Coyle? I find that one hard to swallow given your previous opinion on Scottish born players declaring for Ireland.

  23. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Coyle should never be asked again,knocked us back to stay at Burnley ffs, his Sevco supporting assistant would be just as popular.

  24. Early draft of Rangers International PLC board agreement with Union Of Fans over asset security:




    ‘Awright Dafties,



    Cool yer jets, we urnae gonnae punt the Big Hoose an’ the wee Orc laboratory an’ we puwer promise we wullnae. Swear oan the Kween an’ that.



    Sign below an’ gie us yer sheckles an’ Super’ll get Messi in oan a loan, nae bother. Promise yeez, right?







    Terms and conditions to follow.

  25. Fholk are going on about Neil leaving Celtic or not.



    The debate seems to be how he does in Europe is important. Last year was a bad year. The year before was good. He needs another good European campaign (from a NL CV point of view) to get that EPL move.



    Sorry but I disagree.



    How many clubs in england get into Europe? None that are going to hire Neil at this point in his career.



    So that leaves the majority. Do any others care about what he has done in Europe?



    I don’t think so.



    All they want is a manager who doesn’t get them relegated (although I do think some clever owners might have realised bouncing between the premier league and the championship is a money maker).



    If the manager looks like failing then the ritual sacking shuts the fans up.



    Good and bad managers are sacked with alacrity. It doesn’t matter. There is no downside for the club; the fans wanted the manager out. S/he has gone.



    There is no blight on the manager’s CV. After all s/he didn’t get a chance; didn’t get a fair crack at the whip.



    Others think Neil will leave because his best players are sold from under him; Ki, Hooper, Wanyama, Wilson, Ledley.



    If Neil leaves this summer it won’t be about ambition; he can win a European trophy with Celtic. It won’t even be about financial security; he has that where he is. It might be about personal or family security, but he has stood up to that already. It might be because he is fed up building teams. That has got to be stressful; has got to be tough.



    On the other hand rebuilding teams might offer a challenge that Neil will welcome. Alex Ferguson seemed to thrive doing the same..



    I hope, and think, Neil will be our manager next season.

  26. OK as king of the blog I hereby ban the following contributors:


    – Neganon some number


    – Ernie fae London


    – Kojo the detective

  27. There’s a lot in your post for discussion, but I’m shattered and heading off.



    I would just say that it is very difficult to win a European trophy, as demonstrated by Benfica over the years, but much more so if your best players have to be sold every year.

  28. They know the huns have no belief in Sally anymore, no point in “rolling out the barrel”as he’s damaged goods now…only have to look at their sites.



    The last throw at the dice before king picks it up for pennies in a few months.

  29. Just been reading back.



    A few posters talking up Jackie MacMamara for the job of Lenny’s assistant with a view to future succession.



    As long as Peter Lawwell is at Celtic, there is absolutely no chance whatsoever of Jackie ever being employed by the club in any capacity, and that works both ways.

  30. I just don’t understand Wallace.



    1. Why hasn’t he simply said, “F*** this for a game of soldiers. I’m offski.” ?


    For his own sake, this has got to be the best option.



    2. For whatever reason he hasn’t done (1) above, why hasn’t he taken the Admin route?


    It is the obvious and only sensible path to take in order to unload all the leeches on huge wages.


    Someone has clearly told him, in no uncertain terms, Admin is NOT an option.


    Or is it the old politician approach of going to quite bizarre lengths just because you said something in the past and don’t want to be caught in a lie?





    Quite clearly, the fact that he is now prepared to sit down with the UOF is a massive red flag that the old coffers are filled with IOUs.


    The financial investors will never countenance giving any sort of security over Ibrox etc…


    How are they to get a return on their investment if they don’t control the assets? (Yes, I know, there are considerable doubts on that score anyway).



    The whole thing is utterly bizarre.