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. twists n turns



    10:09 on 23 May, 2014




    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.



    That’s fair enough. We just have different opinions.

  2. archdeaconsbench



    10:00 on 23 May, 2014



    ‘ernie lynch



    Did you actually read the article?’






    Yes I did. It’s the Record. They don’t like him, that’s for sure. They might be right not to like him, I don’t know. My point stands.

  3. ive no breaking news today, sadly.



    the best/only thing the celtic board can do to put


    peoples mind at rest (i know, the numpties that believe


    the hun meeja) is install whoever they have in mind


    as quickly as possible (as long as its not mcghee) and


    give him a few bob to spend right away, i mean within days.



    neil is better away this close season before there is any


    chance of the dirty scumbags re-emerging from their grave


    into the top league.



    this year we will win the league easily again but with a new


    manager who will learn and know all about the present crop


    of players before we need to endure the filth upon our


    doorstep again.



    everyone is making good reasoned argument about the boards


    policies, the SPL/FL’s underhandedness, neils wellbeing…


    even neganon and awe naw ;-)



    no blame to be made here….it was time, for both parties.


    it just broke earlier (2 days) than expected.


    im under the impression the new king will be in his throne shortly.



    lets drive on, strengthen the side and qualify for the CL


    group stages again.

  4. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo



    “09:46 on23 May, 2014



    But why the need ?”





    Apologies, I don’t understand.




  5. The Honest Mistake loves being first on

    Is the fc, plc distinction not what we slaughter the Huns for.


    Company died, club lives and al that nonsense?

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



    10:07 on 23 May, 2014



    If the Board, or more particularly, Peter Lawwell, wish to disseminate something, sotto voce, what channels do you think would be considered?

  7. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    winning captains



    Have you contacted Neil Lennon yet to write his book?




  8. You do all your moaning, all your complaining, as I have done for many many years, but when ti gets right down to it I’m at Celtic park every home game, have been and always will be no matter what, my old legs can’t handle the away games or I would be there too, .



    My love for my club is undivided and it to this kind of song and video I relate to.


    Happy Clapper? Naaaaaa to me that has always sounded Hunnish, like “ach you lot are paranoid”


    The greatest team ever to be a supporter of and I am blessed to be one.




  9. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    think TOHG needs to go on a diet….8)



    I’ll advise him on his return. Or just get the boy jinky to do it.

  10. kikinthenakas on




    I am almost with you 100%, though I would place Stevie Clarke higher up the pecking order than Malky, who seems to prefer the long ball game.


    Moyes for me would be a great shout and a year ago there would have been no chance and his stock was very high, maybe if Lenny waited another year and struggled in the CL his stock would be at it’s lowest and therefore more difficult to get a low to mid table EPL club.


    Laudrup and Morten is intruiging and one that looks exciting to me, however would the board take any of these options or go for pull of Henrik, something I wouldn’t like to see, at least not at the moment.


    Moyes for me…second Laudrup and Morten.




  11. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    you must have some serious air miles, attending all those home games every 2 weeks when staying in ole Canada…..



    glad you are on the mend.

  12. St Patricks day 1956 on

    Scotland Today programme last night showed the contrast of two men.


    Matt McGlone telling it as it is, and well said, and he won’t care he will never be asked to comment again.


    Waddell a typical out and out hun, a hurting hun, saying a Celtic Or Rangers manager

  13. Well, I guess it was no great shock that Neil moved on. He goes with our respect and our thanks for everything he has done for our club. No other figure in football has had to suffer the sustained campaign of sectarian abuse and assault that he has faced, and he can leave with his head held high. Good luck in whatever comes next, Neil.



    Our next manager? I’m sure there will be many names mentioned before an appointment is made. My preference, as always, is for someone with experience of managing a club that is challenging for league titles and with experience of managing a club in European competition.

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




    The genuine answer to that question is — in no particular order.



    1. Preferred Journalists


    2. Through trusted employees


    3. Through blogs like this


    4. Through personal conversation with many


    5 Any other means he can think of.



    Now — with regard to CQN — many see Paul as a PL Outlet.



    Paul knows that and can speak for himself.



    However I quote one particular vociferous Celtic Trust member on the CQN/PL outlet question:



    ” To be fair to Paul, I know he doesn’t always tow the party line though!”



    Does that answer your question and possibly a supplementary?

  15. Re: Gary67


    10:02 on


    23 May, 2014


    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)




    Nice selection but I doubt it will happen.



    One thing I would like to see is a new coach who will increase fitness levels of the team and youth players. How many times have we moaned about overweight players in the last few years?

  16. There was a poster on here who once hacked into people’s bank accounts. I won’t say who in case Awe Naw finds out it was me who named him ( don’t tell him Pike), but on reflection I suppose if one was a peer of the realm, or perhaps held some other title, and was so rich he maybe even relocated to Germany for tax avoidance reasons, then he’d have more chance of being able to get away with such a treacherous act.



    So, awe naw, ( I mean so, unnamed poster) are You the scarlet pimpernel?

  17. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    just called from sky lounge, a wee bit early for a brandy shandy

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

    Here is a link to the podcast I did with David Low last night.




  19. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    I thought that was implicit in what I wrote.



    Those who refuse to countenance or proffer an answer to any of my previous questions



    Is that a good answer ?



    Is that not polite ?



    Genuine question




  20. Is mise Niall Ó Leannain on

    I don’t post often, but I am very sad to see Neil leaving the club. I am not old enough to remember Jock – and obviously he stands alone on his record – but of the managers I do remember, Billy, Wim, Martin, Gordon and Neil all demand respect for their achievements at Celtic. Maybe time will give me greater perspective, but of those five, Neil stands out for me. In taking on the burden after the Mowbray debacle, and with severe limitations on his (our) ambition in his first management role, he has excelled himself in building a successful side, and often one playing the sort of football we all want to watch. More than that, the way he has conducted himself as a person under the extreme professional and personal burdens placed upon him has been admirable.


    I am saddened that he has now gone, and fear for the future, but I am pleased for him that he has gone with grace and on his own terms and I hope he goes on to have a glittering future wherever he chooses. Hail Hail, Neil Lennon, YNWA

  21. Margaret McGill on

    brogan rogan trevino and hogan supports oscar knox, mackenzie furniss and anyone else who fights neuroblastoma



    Shinkansen 404

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

    Awe Naw



    It may be polite but it is still obscure because no one has answered your questions.



    So, given the way the questions were phrased I will make it easy for you.



    Do you mean me?

  23. The Battered Bunnet on




    Agreement breaks out on CQN! Hurrah!



    If we go for Henke (or similar inexperienced coach), it tells me the club don’t consider the manager’s role as anything but functionary within a structure. It’s as if the structure de-risks the appointment by removing from the role the influence to change anything except team formation.



    I would hate to see Henrik in the job. It would be an angst ridden, toe curling experience for all involved.



    Laudrup and Weighorst would be engaging. I’d take that now.



    Malky is young enough to adapt and fit into the way things are done now at Celtic, though Steve Clarke would probably better understand the value of the job.



    Moyes though. Moyes would be here ’til he retired. He doesn’t want wages, or status, or a career step. He wants to create legacy.



    10 years at Celtic and he could be a legend.



    Give him the chance.

  24. TBB @ 10:05,



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



    Think we missed out on the ideal time to get David Moyes to Celtic Park, that would have been instead of Tony Mowbray IMO.



    He’s a great Manager at what he does, if I were a Fulham, West Ham, Sunderland fan, then a Manager that could keep us in top half of the FAPL stability, while giving us the odd Cup run and European trip he would be up there.



    We are a huge Club, with European performances being more and more important. Two areas where David Moyes is yet to cut it. I would also like to see more bhoys coming through from Lennoxtown, DM has mixed success (to be fair, like most top managers).



    I’d like to see Garcia and Steve Clarke at Celtic – if we need to push the boat out to secure them so be it, I would be content with no Football signings if it gets us the Coaching Team that will take us to the next level.



    Hail Hail

  25. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Scoop or Sh!$@—Can i be the first to be “Ross Hall” in all of this.Mate is just off the phone,he is working in Edinburgh .A colleague got a call from his boy who works at Embra Airport,and says he seen Henrik Larsson there 20 minutes ago.You can shoot the messenger on this one.

  26. Well, I’d better go and get pounding the streets in an attempt to get fitter and live to see 10 in a row. I’ll be phoning on my return to see if wee Genny Wren is looking good for tonight at Worcester. Chucking it down here earlier but I wouldn’t think that’ll hurt her chances.



    16 runs, number of wins the same as Rangers bank account. Zero.



    Maybe tonight she can do what the MSM refuse to do and stick her nose in where it matters. Ca canny though. Unseating, falling, finding trouble are all part of her cv. However, so is guts and determination.



    Tom rode her at Bangor. I was there. She rallied gamely. Maybe not have her just quite so handy on the first circuit tonight and see if she can find a bit extra at the business end.

  27. BRTH



    Not necessarily expecting a reply to this, but I listening to that show and must say David Low comes across as a glass-half-empty sort: very often seeming to look at the picture from a decidedly negative and pessimistic perspective; with the occasional mixed-message thrown in for balance.



    He’d probably counter that he’s merely being realistic and those with a contrary opinion are fooling themselves.




  28. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    Posting from my mobile- all thumbs. I watched the STV discussion last night on Neil leaving. Matt McGlone was brilliant. Spoke like a true Tim. Told them exactly why Neil was given a horrible time in Scotland by the bigots: Irish, Catholic, Celtic. Nail, hammer, head. You can be proud of yourself Matt. I am proud of you!



    Frank McGarvey. I loved him as a player but what a poor excuse for a Celtic man you were last night. A few people “maybe on drugs” apparently made life hard for Neil.



    Then we had Uriah Pontius Pilate Heep Speirs telling his hslf truths because he wants to be considered a journalist but he can’t help balancing it out because he is a hun and is forever cemented alongside the other hacks who report on Scottish football. After doing the journalistic bit and telling us that he was treated abominably, he then goes on to tell us that Neil is no one’s mug and takes no nonsense from anyone almost as if to suggest, “Yes. He’s had a bad time but he can take it.” I think he is actually worse than the likes of Waddell because he tries to conceal that he is a hun by presenting as an affable, hale fellow well met type of guy. His usual ploy is to start off saying, “I think so and so is a great guy, very likeable, I’ve lot’s of time for him BUT …” before he sticks the boot in along with the others.



    As for Waddell, what can you say? A Hun in Hun’s clothing. Totally unreconstructed. He couldn’t bring himself to blame anyone for what happened to Neil in Scotland. More interested in talking about the thousands of empty seats at Celtic Park. At least you know where you stand with people like him. What you see is what you get. He id not capable of breaking away from tribal custom and reporting objectively on the evidence laid out before him. He’s not worth the bother, really.



    I hope Neil gets a good job in England and makes a great success of it. Thanks for everything Neil and good luck.

  29. WC



    I see you’re still peddling the ‘poster attacks celtic legend’ angle which was nonsense but you write what you write. I can’t motivate myself enough to spoonfeed you anymore about the point I raised which was in response to you using the DR to reach an audience. It looked what it was, at best pragmatic let’s say. No ill will to a legend or his personal plight.



    As I’ve often said this is a place with middle aged men with made up names tapping keyboards. Sadly taking itself far too seriously. Nowadays it has the odd snippet worth reading, some great articles by Paul but mostly dull facebook-like commentaries of the Still Game set around Glasgow. All perfectly harmless but hardly the engrossing content of the early days.



    But hey ho, you’ll not talk to me, even after apologising last saturday. I guess I’ll just have to get by in life without you.



    Onwards and upwards