Need for an innovative assistant


One of the details pertinent to the formal appointment of Neil Lennon as manager will be the appointment of his assistant and other coaches.  John Kennedy is certain to remain part of the staff, it remains to be seen if Neil’s former assistant at Celtic and Hibs, Garry Parker, will join him again.  Damien Duff will also be waiting on a steer on where his future lies.

A more innovative appointment may be called for this time.  Five years ago, the initial plan was to appoint Ronny Deila as assistant.  I would like to see Celtic come up with an innovative appointment this time.

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  1. DBBIA







    ” compare and contrast Moravcik L, and Rodgers B.”







    A very good point.

  2. Paul 67,



    Sorry cannot agree.


    Neil Lennon is our manager, he must be allowed to pick his own staff, not have them imposed on him ; innovative or not.



    HH .

  3. LUCKY CODY on 28TH MAY 2019 8:23 AM



    `Lennons last year was shambolic and emptied Celtic Park.`



    GARY67 on 28TH MAY 2019 8:53 AM



    `31 wins from 38 league games, 1 defeat, 82% win rate, 99 points, 102 goals. I think most Celtic supporters would take another shambolic season like that again next season. `



    I am going out on the bike now but I will be interested to see Lucky Cody`s response to that :-)))


    Cheerio for now..



  4. Matt Stewart on

    Us taking pictures of them taking pictures of us taking pictures of them taking pictures of….ach you get the idea



    “Did you catch that bus ye were runnin’ fur after the game on Saturday?”



    “Aye…only just mind ye, I had to jump on while it was movin….and then a happened tae bump intae a few pals as we crossed Cumbie Street….”



    “Aye right…that’s all staged…I mean look around the blogs an’ stuff….everyone’s miserable, arguing and cannae be bothered celebrating….”






    Hail hail




  5. traditionalist88 on

    Innovative appointment as assistant could be Damien Duff.



    If you read the comments from Shamrock Rovers players he is pretty meticulous about detail and fitness.



    Not sure if hes ready for such a step up but I don’t really know what Garry Parker brings to the table. Often the way with assistants I suppose.




  6. This summer I am interested in actions not words.


    PL statement about not needing major surgery to the team is actually the right thing to say for many reasons.


    The action he takes this summer in the transfer market is the important bit.


    A bit like Scott Sinclair declaring he is looking forward to next season after Celtic tied him up on a extra year.


    We all know that any kind of reasonable bid will be accepted and Sinclair will be off with our blessing.


    Likewise PL is not going to come out and say he has had a good look around for a really top level manager but he could not appear to get the level he required so it will have to be NL.


    Of course he is going to make out it was NL all along.

  7. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Garry P brings the ole beard; if we resign hoopslegend Joe Ledley it’ll be like watchin’ ole ZZTop.




  8. Met Garry Parker in the pub after the game. Said he would be having a chat with Neil Lennon in the next day to see what the story was. Left him alone after that. He did say ‘we started the 8!’ which i thought was a good line. Really friendly guy

  9. glendalystonsils on

    Whoever comes in will have to be part of a very tight and mutually supportive team. If the board saw a Ronny Deila type as being the kind of backup Neil Lennon would need , they are likely to do so again.


    It would also suggest that an assistant would ‘fill in the gaps’ as it were in the things which Lenny would not prioritise.

  10. traditionalist88 on

    Bit of chat about Paddy Roberts, and I would love to see him back, but if Karamoko Dembele is now considered part of the first team squad then the role of providing backup/competition to James Forrest will probably fall to him.



    That said, you can’t have enough talented players and both are versatile and able to play different positions. And if Karamoko is as good as they say then we should probably sign Paddy anyway to plan a couple of years ahead…



    Particularly as Paddy should be available at a more justifiable fee than quoted when we wanted him previously.




  11. Trad 88…………



    That detail and fitness stuff should be the very minimal that is required and demanded for a coaching position.



    The assistant chosen for such a significant role should offer complementary or supplementary skills to those of the manager. Someone who can support the mangers vision for the team while bringing some specific insight or experience.


    know little of Damien Duff beyond his on-field achievements, listening to his RTE on-screen analysis of games might suggest his grasp on the managing or coaching of the game is limited. Doubtless he has learned from some of the best in the business but it strikes me that he is still very much the diligent pupil.



    Having said all that now, no-doubt the boul’ bhoy will be unveiled as our new coaching king-pin this afternoon!







  12. Lifted from etims who lifted it from Facebook….only two changes to comply with blog rules ####/######



    Up the triple treble celtic.



    Anyhoo…something to read to give you a sense of perspective..from Facebook





    Stephen Barnett


    14 hrs ·




    A wee visit to Heaven.



    A Celtic fan goes to visit his best friend Pat in heaven for a day, who passed away just after Celtic`s centenary year in 1988.



    The friend walks in and spots Pat. Pat he shouts


    Pat, whit you dain here?


    Friend, Ach i just thought i`d come and visit you, av missed you so much..with that they give each other a great big hug.


    Friend, So whit likes it in here?


    Pat, aye it awright, you`ll never guess who came in the other day?


    Friend, Who?


    Pat, Cesar and Stevie Chalmers,then Harry Hood came in , that`s 6 of the Lions in here noo, they awe sit oar there laughing and joking, but Gods at his whits end wie Jinky, he`s always cairrying oan.


    Friend, Whit diz God say aboot it?


    Pat, `he jist laffs and shakes his heid.


    Friend, thats a while yuv been in here noo eh?


    Pat, Aye came in jist efter we won the Double in oor centenary year, Remember we wur both at Hampden that day, when Celtic scored in last 5 minutes to win the double?


    Friend, Aye i`ll never forget that day, it wiz Scorching tae, remember?


    Pat, aye good times.So whits happened efter oor centenary year, did we clean up?


    Friend, well naw, things got quite bad for us Pat.The following year we stopped Rangers winning the treble, by winning The Scottish cup, We beat them wan nothing, Wee Joe Miller scored.


    Pat, Ach that`s no to bad, least we won something.


    Friend, Pat, but things got a lot worse.


    Pat, Whit dae ye mean ?


    Friend, well remember we were always oan aboot The Kellys and Whites, no spending money?


    Pat, Aye.


    Friend, well Rangers took full advantage of it and started to dominate us , we wur oan oor knees.


    Pat, Whit ye mean oan oor knees?


    Friend, Pat we cudny compete with them, they wur buying aw the best players,and as usual we wur spending pennys hoping to catch them up, but it wiz in vain.But the funny thing is, they signed a tim.


    Pat, Rangers signed a tim, ye winding me up?


    Friend, naw, and you`ll never guess who they signed?


    Pat, who?


    Friend, Mo Johnstone!


    Pat,Thee Mo Johnstone that played wie us, or another wan?


    Friend, aye Thee Mo Johnstone.


    Pat, hod oan, i wiz at Love Street wie you the day we beat St Mirren 5 nuthing tae win the league, he scored fur us that day,and your trying tae tell me he signed fur them?


    Friend, aye Pat it`s awe true, he even scored the winner against us in the last minute at Ibrox


    Pat, ah canny believe whit yer telling me here,


    Friend, Pat it gets a lot worse, it wiz hard times for Celtic fans.


    Pat, whit dae ye mean, it gets a lot worse?


    Friend, well ah dunno how to tell ye this, but they went on tae git 9 in a row.


    Pat, ye mean they equaled Jock Steins 9 in a row.


    Friend, aye Pat, it wiz sare watching it.


    Pat, but surely we musta won sumhing.


    Friend , we did, we won a Scottish cup under Tommy Burns, but things wur a mess.


    Pat, canny believe they won 9 in a row,


    Friend, Pat it`s awe troo, but things took a change fur the better but it wiz a long hard slog.


    Pat, whit dae ye mean?


    Friend,well ye remember ah wiz telling ye aboot The Whites and Kellys, well the celtic fans finally hid enuff ae them, and started protesting and boycotting games in the hope they wid leave.


    Pat, an did they leave?


    Friend, well no at first, they did their usual an tried tae pull the wool oar our eyes.


    Pat,whit dae ye mean?


    Friend, well they telt us we wur moving fae Paradise tae Cambuslang an we wur gonna git a state of art stadium


    Pat, Please don`t tell me we moved away fae Paradise.


    Friend, naw Pat we didny, we`re still there the day.


    Pat, Ye nearly gave me a heart attack there.So whit happened next?


    Friend, Well you`ll never believe this, a wee guy by the name of Fergus McCann came fae naewhere and put together a group of rebels and finally managed to get shot of The Whites and Kellys, The Celtic fans were going mental with joy at the news,


    Pat, so who iz Fergus McGann?


    Friend, naw Pat his names McCann,no Mcgann


    Friend, A wee guy that came fae Croy, but emigrated tae Canada, where he made hunners ae money,and decided tae invest in Celtic.


    Pat, So we got better players wie his money?


    Friend, Naw Pat, he decided tae redevelop the stadium,and telt us he wid gie us a stadium we wud be proud ae.


    Pat, ye mean they knocked doon the Jungle?


    Friend, Aye Pat, but what a stadium we hiv the day,


    Pat, ack, we hid sum great times in the Jungle, remember?


    Friend, the best times.


    Pat, so whit happened next, am dreading ye telling me the huns goat tae 10 in a row.


    Friend, naw, we went through a couple ae mangers guys like Lou Macari, Liam Brady, we even hid a doacter in charge by name of Jo Venglos ,but sadly ,the huns still hid the upper hawn oan us.


    Pat, so if they hid the upper hawn oan us, they musta won 10 in a row.


    Friend, Pat, we goat this wee Dutch guy as oor manager, Wim Jansen, and he made Murdo MacLeod his assistant, remember we wur there that night Murdo scored a screamer, when 10 men won the league?


    Pat, aye , whit a night that wiz.so whit happened tae their 10 in a row?


    Friend, Pat it was nerve racking, av never been so nervous in aw ma life, it went doon tae last game of the season,and we wur playing St Johnstone at Parkheed, if we won, we won the league and stoapped their 10, we beat them 2 nuthing, a Nowegian scored and this guy called Henrik Larsson, Pat whit a player this guy was, he went oan tae become Celtic 3rd highest goal scorer in history, the fans called him King Henrik, he wiz always scoring against the huns, honestly Pat, this guy cudny stoap scoring goals fur us,.


    Pat, So we went oan tae dominate did we?


    Friend, naw Pat, things were still a bit topsy turvy, the wee Dutch manager left after a season.


    Pat, yer telling me, a guy won us the league and stoapped that mob dain 10, and he left?


    Friend, aye Pat, the board and him hid a .disagreement, and he walked away, but left us as Champions.


    Pat, Then whit?


    Friend, well they made this Irishman the manager, guy called Martin O`Neill,remember him? he played in that great Nottingham Forest team that won the European cup twice in the 79 n 80


    Pat, aye that wiz a good team, but wiz he any good wie us?


    Friend, Pat in his 1st season, we won the treble,


    Pat, laughs, no way


    Friend, aye Pat he did, we hid some great players in that side, but thats no the best part, he took us tae a European final in Seville, 80,000 Celtic fans went tae Seville Pat, Celtic were showing signs they wur oan the road back tae greatness Pat.


    Friend,, But he left as well, you`ll never guess who we goat as manager next?


    Friend, Who wiz the player ye hated the maist in the 80s and played fur Aberdeen?


    Pat, Ah hated that wee Strachan, but it widny be him.


    Friend, Pat, it wiz, but listen, he grew tae love the Celtic and won us a few leagues, he did awright wie us honest Pat.


    Pat, this is hard tae take in , wid never huv thought he wid become oor manager, he hated us back in the day.


    Friend, Well he did, and he became great friends wie Tommy Burns,


    Pat, funny ye say that, Tommy and a young fella by name of Phil O`Donnell wur sitting jist doon there last night, killing themselves laughing at sumhing


    Friend, two good men Pat.


    So how long did wee Strachan stay fur?


    Friend, fae 2005 tae 2009, he left and Celtic gave the joab tae a guy called Neil Lennon, an Irishman, we loast the league that year, but Pat, he managed to win us 3 league titles in a row, then he left, it wiz nuts.


    Pat, he won 3 in a row and left, sounds like the usual,


    Friend, well next they appointed a Norwegian guy called Ronny Delia, naebdy hid heard ae him, remember thinking, whit the #### at the time.


    Pat, gonnie stoap swearing , you`ll git me ###### oot here,and its aweright in here.


    Friend, sorry mate, but this guy Delia, he won us another two oan the trot, then left.


    Pat, hod oan, if the guy called Lennon won us 3 in a row, and that Ronny guy won us 2, that makes 5, ye mean we won 5 in a row?


    Friend, aye Pat and it gets better, efter Ronny left, we got this guy, another Irishman called Brendan Rodgers.


    Pat, and yer telling me it goat better ?,


    Friend, Pat yer never gonnie believe this, he won the treble in his 1st season and we went thru the season undefeated, they wur called .The Invincibles, it wiz unreal he then won us another treble in his next season, tae make us double treble winners,1st team in Scotland tae dae it,the supporters were ecstatic Pat.


    Pat, wait the noo, so if ma countings right, thats us done 7 in a row?


    Friend, Aye Pat 7 in a row unbelievable


    Pat, so is the guy Rodgers still winning with us?


    Friend, Pat, he left us, under poor circumstances,and went tae Leicester city,the hing is Pat, he left a lot of Celtic fans with a sour taste, we wur going fur the league and Scottish cup, when he walked away, he hid already won us the league cup in November.


    Pat, he won two trebles and walked away, no way, so yer meaning tae tell me, we`re in with a good chance ae another treble? whits gawn oan doon there?


    Friend, Well ye remeber ah telt ye aboot the Irishman Lennon, who won us 3 in a row,when Rodgers left, Celtic appointed him as interim tae help us try tae achieve the unimaginable and get a Treble Treble.


    Pat, so noo yer gonnie tell me, we messed up and the huns won the double?


    Friend, Pat, he managed it, we won the league a few weeks ago, and won the Scottish cup oan Saturday, there were thousands n thousands oan the streets dancing , singing and having the time of their life`s, Pat its been unimaginable;to think whit we went thru in the 90s, Celtic have cleaned up for last 3 years.


    With that Pat raises himself from his chair, tears streaming from his eyes, and gives his best mate the biggest cuddle ever.


    Friend, Pat, ah better go noo, ah telt the wife ah wiz only nipping doon tae the bookies, that wiz 9 hours ago.



    As Pat`s mate was jist about tae enter the lift, he shouted tae Pat, oh Pat, wan last thing.


    The huns were liquidated!!



    The moral of the story Bhoys and Ghirls,We all know and love someone like Pat, enjoy the good times a lot of great people never got the chance to witness what we have…

  13. traditionalist88 on

    BANKIEBHOY1 on 28TH MAY 2019 10:06 AM



    Absolutely, and that is all common sense and sounds great, but of course we’re talking very high level here.



    Complementary or supplementary skills, well you’d hope so!



    Not saying Neil Lennon is absolved on any duties regarding fitness and detail of course(again, very high level, that incorporates a lot of stuff!)



    But if he is delegating he will need someone who is meticulous about detail and given the lack of information out there on assistant managers (as opposed to managers), Duff is a guy we have some comments on from players he has coached (albeit at a lower level).



    Martin O’Neill was famously a good delegator when it came to training and history tells us successful managers tend to have an assistant they know and trust implicitly.




  14. Innovative assistant — surely this would all have been sorted out before the initial offer had been made?


    I fear the exec level is making it up as we go along.



    NL / RD combo — would that have kept the dressing room clique under control?



    Early start for CQN today –must have an agenda to set.


    The coaching staff looks very thin — big risk over the past 3 months to rely on the squad’s muscle memory. Might explain why their performances have declined so much.



    Consequently no more excuses — PL has the limelight so now he has to deliver.

  15. Trad 88………



    Exactly! So we’re agreed……….It’s Gary Parker!







  16. MON left us with a fat, lazy and overpaid squad.


    Delegation is one way to explain our decline after Seville.


    In-fighting and incompetence would be closer to the mark.

  17. traditionalist88 on

    BANKIEBHOY1 on 28TH MAY 2019 10:32 AM



    Probably :)



    Whats Mjallby up to these days btw?




  18. traditionalist88 on

    MADMITCH on 28TH MAY 2019 10:34 AM



    MON left us with a fat, lazy and overpaid squad.






    Yet we still managed to entice Garry Pendrey… :)




  19. Trad…………



    He’s still a stunt-double for Dolph Lundgren and has occasional “Walk-On” parts in the The Vikings, GOT’s etc etc……….


    I have a fax number for him if needed!




  20. traditionalist88 on

    BANKIEBHOY1 on 28TH MAY 2019 10:42 AM



    He might have some spare time then!




  21. i'vehadtochangemymind on

    Stevie g as assistant, there’s innovative for you and he might learn something from lennie.

  22. Great songs of the Jungle, for Celtic legends






    Oh Harry Harry, Harry Harry, Harry Harry,……………………Harry Hood






    R.I.P Harry Harry

  23. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Picking up on yesterday’s “major rebuilding exercise”, I just don’t see that at all. I think we have a really good group of players right now. A lot of departures, certainly, but most of them were contributing very little.


    Three or four decent players and a manager who could work with the ones we already have to improve them.


    Bring in a manager who doesn’t improve players and you will waste a lot of money buying in ones who don’t work out.


    Regarding how we appoint managers, we really have to move to the DoF model. The eeny meeny miney mo between Lennon, O’Neill, Moyes and Keane simply isn’t good enough for a club our size. We need somebody who actually knows about football and who the good coaches around Europe are. Unless of course it’s just about being a wee bit better than “Rangers”.

  24. I am not sure how good Shaun Maloney as RM’s assistant but he may be worth a look?

  25. Neil’s Shopping List



    Right Back……………..first choice



    Unthinkable that Celtic will start another season, without a new right.



    value £5 million…………….upwards



    Centre Back………… first choice



    Unimaginable that Celtic will neglect to buy a CB after the departure of Boyata



    value £5 million……………..upwards



    Striker…………………….first choice



    Too much pressure on Edouard to start the qualifiers and nine, without a new partner



    value £4 million……………..upwards



    Midfield ……………..first choice



    Centre midfield player required to help restructure another weak spot



    value £4 million………………upwards



    And he could get change back from the Dembele money CSC

  26. traditionalist88 on




    There are lots of good coaches under the radar but they don’t all make good managers. Important to make the distinction.



    You can view a managers record at the click of a button and while player A might get better under his tutelage that is of no benefit if the team as a whole are under performing.



    For better or worse being a good coach alone is not enough to be the manager of Celtic.



    Yet to be convinced on the DoF requirement…role and remit, person specification etc. If main role is picking the manager then surely they are redundant once the manager is installed…until the next time?




  27. !!Bada Bing!! on

    A box office signing, would settle a lot of guys down, step forward, wee Paddy Roberts….

  28. BSR


    I’m sure we used to sing







    Oh Harry Harry, Lou Macari, Kevin Barry, Harry Hood







    But I might just have dreamt it




    R.I.P Harry Hood

  29. quadrophenian on

    P67 – is this a roundabout way of saying Damian Duff is not up to Chris Davies’ snuff?



    We could approach Jose’s mate – Rui Faria – currently in Dubai?

  30. We don’t need Patrick Roberts. We have James Forrest, Shved, Sinclair, Morgan, Arzani, Hayes and young Dembele who are all wide players.


    The priority is a striker followed by a right back, centre back and number 10 all capable of going straight in to the starting 11.


    We have Gutman and Perez as back up full backs but it remains to be seen if they are ready for the first team. Reports on both have been encouraging.


    We need to replace the backroom staff we lost. We urgently need a head of recruitment, assistant manager, head of performance and improve the stats and medical science team as there were far too many injuries this year.


    Quite a major overhaul in anyone’s book except the Chief Exec’s.

  31. Who would anyone recommend currently playing in the SPL who could enhance our squad. There are very few.


    Stephen O’Donnell 27 RB Kilmarnock £500k


    David Turnbull 19 CM Motherwell £1M



    Souttar, McKenna….?????

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