Neil Lennon era ends


Neil Lennon ‘got’ Celtic.  He was a rookie appointment, and the early weeks were far from comfortable, a Hampden defeat to Ross County looked like an ominous early sign, but from the start of his first preseason he didn’t look back.

He was a hugely successful Celtic manager in Scotland and in Europe.  The Barcelona team of the last six years, possibly the greatest team in history, were at their peak when they visited Celtic Park in November 2012. Neil came up with the game plan which brought Celtic victory and raised our profile across Europe.

What he had to endure off-field during his time at Celtic was atrocious and a blight on our society.  But he overcame it.  He stuck it out when you or I may have left, and now he leaves on his own terms – an undisputed winner.

More at another time on who next, but if we get a man nearly as capable we will be doing well.

Take care, Neil.

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  1. Well, I did call it yesterday the predictable board and Peter Lawwell haters are off and running, playing the blame game, and I notice to that most big on Neil Lennon either when he was here, but hey! Don’t let that get in the way of my addiction to Hating the board and pl,


    BRTH nailed it but what he didn’t say was that it was the board haters who are giving the SMSM oxygen so that the rest of the world can believe our press, this mob will never change constant pain in the arse as far as I’m concerned, and I prob. Am to them too, so I will just go on supporting Celtic , and they just keep doing what ever the feck it is they think they are doing, and I mentioned no names in this post, so no running to the teacher, if anyone answers my post with a negativity, then you are showing your hand, all the usual suspects, get cracking on yer keyboards.

  2. neganon2



    09:39 on 23 May, 2014



    “Have you read the terms and conditions.”



    Terms and conditions? The only terms and conditions that matter to me are that I will support my team.



    “When someone you love is playing you and you know it. Do you keep going? Do you ignore it? Just because you love them?”



    I really think you should end the relationship. You are deluding yourself. You dont love Celtic anymore. You can’t. You know they are “playing” you. Time to face facts. Time to walk out.

  3. My friends in Celtic,



    It would seem that some would always prefer to direct their anger towards PL and the board instead of focusing their anger on where it should be.



    To these people then yes, ” You are being played”




  4. Awe_Naw@ 08:43,


    ”History will tell us that he bowed out at the point when the WWF pantomime took over the play.”



    Well that’s a interesting contention, it will be interesting to get Lenny’s take in the fullness of time.



    During the week I happened to catch Hulk Hogan on loose women (I know….) he stated that WWE was real, you only had to look at his list of injuries to see that, only the format and outcome was fixed!



    He said by fixing the format and outcome you could ensure maximum entertainment for a family audience.



    If you went to a boxing match you might pay good money and it was all over in the first round.



    4 Old Firm Derbies guaranteed a Season embdee….;-)



    Hail Hail

  5. Whatever happened to the supporter liaison officer or whatever stupid title he was given?



    I do think the bored are bang out of order and a press conference is the least we can expect!!!!




  6. awe_naw_no_annoni_oan_anaw_noo



    09:41 on 23 May, 2014



    No, if you’re going to buy a season ticket you’ll buy one no matter who the manager is. I was gutted when Jansen left when O’Neill left and was gutted yesterday when Lennon left but not buying a ST never entered my mind. HH

  7. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    09:46 on23 May, 2014






    Ensuring proper governance is the job of our custodians. That is what WE pay them far too much for. More money in joining in with them.




  8. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Oscar Garcia ….. Who he..??

  9. archdeaconsbench



    09:46 on 23 May, 2014



    Dodged a bullet there, all the talent no brains

  10. Here, could we not just start a campaign to shoehorn the dead club back into the SPL as from now, and award them the 2014/15 title in advance and give them a bye into the two cup finals?



    That way, their fans will be happy, the MSM will be happy and our streets will be a tad safer again? The newspapers will start to sell more copies with stories of casinos being built, billionaire owners, the new Ibrox airport, etc etc.



    Maybe the taxman will allow them to forego any payments, allowing them to buy with impunity.



    Safer society, Dermot gets the old firm fixture back, der Hun can rampage through Manchester and beyond again, the papers are flying off the shelves, Clyde and Radio Scotland listening figures are back to their lofty heights, Walker, Provan and their ilk are proved correct and perhaps even the local face painter gets his £40 back. It really is win win all the way…..

  11. Of course the club waited until after seaon ticket deadline to allow the news of Neil’s departure to get out. They need our money. It’s waht they do. But it didn’t need to be that way – they could have had the discussion with Neil and announced it weeks ago. The league has been a foregone conclusion for months and we were out of the cup competitions – so no danger of losing anything. A new manager could have have been identified and a smoother transition could have taken place already. So why did they feel they had to wait? Maybe they genuinely thought they could persuade Neil to stay. Maybe they haven’t any succession plans in place as they previously had stated. Take your pick.



    On the subject of Henrik being manager – can someone please explain to me in what sense the King of Kings MANAGING the same group of players as last year is “Box Office”? Are we gonna start playing with the style and flair of Falkenbergs FF? Or is he bringing his boots with him? I’m not getting this at all.

  12. Morning all



    Not been on for a wee while.



    Two days ago seems a long time ago – had some unexpectedly bad personal news which has rather distracted me. Fortunately it is job and not health related and may lead to me cancelling some of the fripperies of my life such as Sky Sport but it’s not as disastrous as I’d initially feared. Didn’t see it coming though.



    As I didnt with Neil. I can understand him walking – especially if it was into a higher paid job away from the garbage he gets up here- but still surprised. Good luck, take care and thanks for all the memories- things were rarely dull when you were around Neil.



    I have to say it feels like a defeat and seeing Rangers fans celebrating at my work – even those in the same salary cut position as I – was sickening. It felt to me like they won. Their blinkered, stupid, violent, bigoted and bullying attitudes having a triumph in driving someone who was what they are not away.



    Good luck to whoever our new manager is. Heard some ludicrous tales of who is to come in and even of ‘war chests’ . Ah well



    Jimbo67 praying for Oscar Knox

  13. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    hun skelper



    09:50 on 23 May, 2014



    Absolutely …… Win, lose or draw….a Club like no other ……. SB is mandatory…. :)

  14. 67Heaven … I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors


    09:51 on 23 May, 2014


    Oscar Garcia ….. Who he..??



    Ex Barca player, managed Brighton to play offs last season, won Israeli league with Macabbi Tel Aviv season before.



    Far too imaginative a candidate for us. I’m working on South Coast at the moment and the Southampton fans are hoping they get him if Pocutino goes to Spurs

  15. archdeaconsbench



    09:46 on 23 May, 2014



    ‘Don’t what the story is wi this boy, but the more I hear about him, the further down in my estimation he goes…….’






    If a Celtic player made that decision would we not be praising him for putting the club before a meaningless international?

  16. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    09:46 on23 May, 2014



    But why the need ?




  17. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Some bhoys a bit techy, that their Celtic View hasn’t crashed through the letterbox today…..

  18. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    09:53 on 23 May, 2014



    Just shout….” Thank feck yeez cannae afford tae dump sally” ….then laugh out loud…..!!!!!!

  19. twists n turns



    09:12 on 23 May, 2014


    Awe Naw, Ernie, neganon



    All posted within 3 minutes of each other. Probably regarded on here as 3 of the most outspoken, vociferous anti board posters on CQN.



    For me, 3 of the biggest Celtic supporters who frequent this board, and who have the best interests of the future of Celtic fc at heart.




    It just goes to show how the same thing can be perceived differently by different people. In my opinion, and based on only relentlessly negative comments these three post, the only aspect in which these three are not huns is the football team they claim to support.



    One of them, and I have no intention of being any more specific than that, posted something on here in around 2007/08 that unintentionally made me aware of who he is in real life. In that knowledge I am aware that the anti establishment position taken in his words here, the supposed anti PLC stance, is the absolute opposite of who this person actually is.



    I will not elaborate any more on that, I have no wish to or interest in exposing anything about this person. Who they really are and the persona they wish to project on here are entirely their business. I make the point only to point out the hypocrisy that exists in his posts.



    Good luck to Neil Lennon in what ever he chooses to do in his life going forward, and I wish him and his family every happiness.



    Back to lurking.

  20. dr ramesh and the love potion on

    Manager: Henrik Larsson


    1st team coach: Steve Clarke


    Assistant: John Kennedy

  21. Snake Plissken on




    In fairness Souness was booed in his first match against Hibs because he booted a Hibs player and was sent off.



    Neil Lennon on the other hand simply passed the ball to his team mates and won the match.



    So similar.

  22. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    The silence of the plc worshippers is deafening. ;-)




  23. archdeaconsbench on

    ernie lynch



    Did you actually read the article?


    He has been snubbing Scotland for nearly a year and this time he is giving it a wide berth to play in a Soccer Sevens Tournament….

  24. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    Stop talking shite.



    Everybody knows your talking about Ernie




  25. A whole new structure that removes non footballing people from making football decisions and returns them to behind their abacus to concentrate on what they do best.



    Director of Football – John Collins


    Head Coach – take your pick from Garcia, Petrescu, Yakin, Clarke, Weighorst (all currently available)


    Assistant Head Coach- Peter Houston (or similarly good coach with domestic experience)


    First Team Coach – John Kennedy (learn & develop, future Head Coach)

  26. big wavy



    I have no wish to enter into a debate with you. However a week after you called me two faced despite presenting the facts to the blog, I will say this.



    The only thing I felt uncomfortable about in the whole episode was being led into a position where I was revealing private details about a hero of mine and a hero of many other people on here and in the wider Celtic support. Tommy didn’t mind as he was as annoyed as me!



    Yesterday afternoon I sat with another CQNer, Celtfish, in TG’s living room and he told us that after last week “we shouldn’t believe anything we read in the papers!” We smiled at that. If you want to see a photograph let me know.


    Talking of photographs, the one and only restriction Tommy placed on us in publishing the book was to insist we didn’t use a photo of his first wife! Guess which wife the Record featured last week? Guess who got his ear nipped?



    Tommy gets the Record delivered every day. He had all the recent copies of Celtic View sitting on his table. He had never heard about CQN until the start of this year. If you would like to come with me to personally berate him for his decision to place the extracts in the Record please let me know. He enjoys the company of Celtic supporters. He will tell you that the Record should have been writing about his goal and the victory in Lisbon. For most of his generation in Scotland a daily newspaper is still their main source of football news.



    Going forward CQN will not allow others to exploit our books in this way. I said plenty about this last week – one thing was that we took some incoming from the MSM. We can handle that – and thanks are due to you for your help in driving sales of the book through the roof!



    You see Tommy got the last laugh. He converted the money to Euros and he’s using them to enjoy himself in Lisbon. This is the first time he’s been back since 1967. And he’s taken his boots with him!



    Tommy has now signed all the books ordered on CQN and these are either in the post or going out today. He’s not back in Scotland until 6 June when he is joining other Lions at the CQN Lisbon Lions night at the Greenock Celtic supporters club. This event has sold out.



    London Celts should note that we are also staging a Lions night at the Wimbledon CSC on 21 June – email me for details david@CQNMagazine.com



    Anyone wanting to buy a copy of Tommy Gemmell – All The Best can do so at http://www.CQNBookstore.com or you can get from Celtic stores and bookshops such as WH Smith, Waterstones etc. If you want a signed copy please email me with your personal message and Tommy will sort this when he’s back.



    Hope to have Bertie Auld and Willie Wallace on the blog sometime next week.

  27. The Battered Bunnet on

    After 4 years, 1 of them terrific, 1 outstanding, and 1 merely pretty good, Lenny has decided to move on. He does so with my thanks for the memories, now archived for recall over a lifetime.



    Well done Neil, and good luck.



    We move on.



    I have wanted David Moyes at Celtic for a long, long time. Timing and circumstances were never aligned. They are now.



    Celtic cannot and never will match up to the wages that Moyes earned at Man Utd, and likely Everton before that. Moyes though should have his finances sorted for the rest of his life following c£12M for a year at Man Utd.



    Let’s face it, no man will ever be ‘poor’ subsisting in the wage of a Celtic Manager, and the job offers Moyes something that he’s never had before – a chance to measure himself in Europe.



    Moyes fits the identikit used to appoint O’Neill, Strachan and (regrettably) Mowbray: British, 50 years old, EPL experience. Lenny was the one appointment since 2000 that broke the mould.



    Problem is that Moyes wants to run the football operation, in addition to the first team, and there is a doubt that the way Celtic is structured suits that approach.



    My view is that he’s a football man of extensive experience and no little talent, and we should ‘give’ him the football club and let him get on with it, within the normal constraints, checks and balances.



    If Neil Lennin represents the new mould though, then the game becomes considerably higher risk. Talk of Henke coming to Celtic as manager fill me with anxiety. He was one of the great Celtic players, but that is no credential for managing any team, let alone a Euro-aspirational Celtic.



    If Moyes is not to be, Malky MacKay is the clear alternative. Younger of course, but British, (some) EPL experience, and considered highly. His age may well play positively for Celtic, certainly in terms of fitting into the management structure at Celtic.



    Steve Clarke gets a mention, and he is a credible candidate, but despite extensive experience as No 2 at Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool, he has less than 2 years as his own man, and at 50, that might count against him.



    Barring his nationality, Michael Laudrup fits the original identikit, and is a fascinating option. Vastly experienced in European football, and comes with the handy EPL experience with Swansea, where unlike Moyes or Mackay, he won a trophy. Bringing Morten Weighorst with him would be a nice touch.



    When wee Gordon left in 2009, I suggested the following 4: Bilic, Pellegrini, Blanc and Moyes.



    Bilic hasn’t lived up to his billing when managing Croatia, with underwhelming seasons at Lokomotive and Besiktas. The other 2 have done pretty well though, and Moyes remains Moyes.



    For me, Moyes is the outstanding candidate. The stars align. The ducks are in a row. the dots are joined. It’s a now or never moment for both Celtic and Moyes. Make it now.



    Mackay is a strong alternative.



    I would though quite like to see what Laudrup and Weighorst can do with Celtic. That would be an interesting story.



    “Michael, why are you so good.” :¬)

  28. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    you can’t leave it like that, at least show us the post…8)




    meeting oldtim and the usual suspect this afternoon, usual place, usual rules, usual arguements and usual outcome..



    its not unusual.

  29. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Awe Naw



    Who are the PLC worshippers if I may ask?



    Genuine question.

  30. Bob


    I couldn’t give a monkeys what stance Awe Naw, Ernie or Neganon adopt with regards to PLC’s in general. The only thing I read from them on here is with regard to Celtic and their perception of how they are being run.



    Also, I do not always agree with one , two , or all three of them on many points.



    What I said was that in my opinion they are 3 of the most ardent Celtic fans on this site, in my opinion.



    I stick by that opinion.

  31. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo




    10:01 on 23 May, 2014







    Stop talking shite.



    Everybody knows your talking about Ernie







    I didn’t.



    But I do now! :-)



    Ernie – whay didn’t you tell us you wer the Duke of Edinburgh?

  32. 67heaven … i am neil lennon, supporting wee oscar..!!.. ibrox belongs to the creditors



    09:53 on 23 May, 2014



    The madmen on here think everything’s a conspiracy to get us to part with our ST money, It’s a honour for me to have a ST to watch the hoops, HH