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. If it does come out that Lenny is leaving because of lack of support from the Board, I’ll be resigning from The CQN Happy Clappers clique, Move over NegAnon & PFAyr and make a bit of room for some new mineshafters.

  2. All today’s important news on http://www.celticfc.net/news




    Local Kids ‘Play on the Park’ thanks to Celtic FC Foundation



    Because then you can say “I was there”






    Celtic hero Tommy is booked up for Lisbon



    Loan Bhoys will learn from the experience




  3. GourockEmeraldBhoy on

    Hi GCT



    Could you pass me your email address and I’ll make sure to send you my posts first to see if they live up to your expectations.



    Kind Regards







  4. Geordie Munro on

    Lennon the legend should not be replaced with a cheap option.



    Cqn does irony.

  5. The Comfortable Collective on

    If the new Celtic manager is apponted today and starts work tomorrow, he’ll have 36 working days to get his team into shape before the first Champions League qualifier.



    Not long.

  6. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    Well the Daily Reprobate seem happy, as are the monkey huns.



    Over & out.

  7. 16 roads…….



    I heard Paul67 say just that on the car radio at lunchtime today AND that we would win the championship the following season too!



    So there!

  8. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    squire danaher


    13:28 on


    22 May, 2014


    macjay1 for neil lennon 13:22


    If Chris McLaughlin told me today was Thursday, I’d buy a Daily Ranger to check….


    Or maybe not




    Scepticism is a good starting point.


    How sad is that?


    No matter.


    Tims were,are and always will be.


    Now is a good time for defiance.



  9. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    I wonder if the news last week that Mackay had amicable settles his dispute with Cardiff has any bearing on today’s news?

  10. It will be interesting to see a “proven” master tactician at Parkhead…………….


    or have we just let one go?…………………………………………………………………….

  11. Wham! I didn’t see that coming!



    No thanks to Henrik Larsson, Paul Lambert, Jackie McNamara, Malky Mackay, Chris Sutton, Roy Keane, Owen Coyle, Danny Lennon. None of them have to date demonstrated that they have what it takes to operate in the high pressure, goldfish bowl environment, that is the Celtic manager’s job… nor in managing such a high profile club that is expected to win every domestic game, lift the league title (and cups) every year, and at the same time compete with European teams who can bring on substitutes who cost more than our entire squad.



    Martin O’Neill has had his time.



    David Moyes did achieve a degree of success with Everton, operating on a different level to the leading clubs in the SPL, but almost always being well placed amongst the very best of the rest. But I’m not convinced he is the best man for the job.



    Who else is available I don’t really know, but I reckon the likes of Tito Vilanova, Pep Guardiola, or even Steve McClaren (who over-achieved in Europe with ‘Boro) might do a decent job. And then there is Terry Butcher and Jose Mourinho!… If Jose really wanted to re-assert what a superb coach he is, then winning the Big One for a club with a budget the size of Celtic’s, and playing in such an unchallenging league, would surely answer that one beyond doubt.

  12. Gary67


    13:44 on


    22 May, 2014


    When MON left he commented on getting used to life in the slow lane. Will Lenny comment on getting used to life on the hard shoulder?



    when martin o’neill left celtic he made no such comment, he left because his wife was seriously ill. he made those comments in 2003 and clearly got used it seeing as he remained celtic boss for two more years



    neil lennon was under no misapprehension about what job he was being asked to do at celtic, he was never misled about the way our club is run and as an intelligent man he seemed to fully understand the business model, how it worked and why it was necessary.

  13. Very sad day. Well done Neil. No manager in Britain has had to put up with what they threw at you, but you stood tall and, in the words of the Boss “it’s a town full of losers, and we’re rolling outta her to win!”.



    God Bless and remember YNWA.

  14. Taking all things on to consideration I expect Larssen to get the gig… However I’d be happier with Malky McKay. MM has been operating at a level where he will know good attainable Championship players.

  15. Steinreignedsupreme



    13:31 on 22 May, 2014





    ‘To be fair – few people on here go on about the ‘Old Firm’ as much as you do.’







    Rangers are a fantastic club with a great history. They will, in not too long a time, be back in the SPL. I have no doubt about that.



    “And they’re needed for Scottish football because of their following, the size of the club and especially their history. We certainly would like to contest with them every week. We believe we have a better team and management structure.



    “For us, it’s disappointing that they are not there but that’s decisions by the various clubs and leagues and we accept those.



    “Rangers are one of the great clubs in Britain and we have to acknowledge that.



    “They are a motivation for us to go along and beat them in every Old Firm match, so we miss that opportunity.”

  16. James Forrest –



    Come on man you have been slaughtering Neil Lennon on facebook for a year. Now he’s your hero and he is better off away from Scotland?



    Dear oh dear.

  17. Paul Lambert has said in the past he doent want the hassle that he would get here.


    Steve Clark is a good coach but has zero charisma.


    Malky and Moisey would handle the position no problem but as others have suggested the ex Swansea partnership of B Laudrup and Morten would be an interesting appointment.

  18. Thindimebhoy on

    James Forrest is praying for The Unconquerable Oscar Knox



    Lenny is my hero. He’s well shot of this awful, corrupt, disgraceful environment.








    If there was a time to move it was now on a high after doing a treble of league wins which guarantees his place in the clubs history



    I expect he feels it is time to move and get a normal football job ie one he can take his family out and not bother with a 24hr security prescence

  19. Kilbowie Kelt will vote YES on

    I feel a mixture of gratitude, respect & relief that Neil Francis has chosen the right time for himself & for Celtic to move on.



    He stood up proud, & made us proud, in the face of insufferable, bigoted bullying & leaves with his head held high.



    Good Luck, Neil.

  20. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Three of the last four managers left for the same reason. Downsizing. Any candidate for Neils replacement is either currently unemployed or rookie.




  21. The Green Man on

    Good Luck to NL…..PL would be as well appointing himself as next manager.


    What a joke.





  22. Any EPL coach will want shed loads of money which we either don’t have or aren’t going to part with.



    It’ll be an ambitious young European coach.



    Or it’ll be a yes-man like Houston.

  23. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    13:36 on


    22 May, 2014


    Neil left due to concerns over his budget, and some people are touting a guy who spent £26m on Fellaini?????




    Prove it or calle-te la boca.

  24. The Honest Mistake loves being first on



    Tito Villanova passed away last month

  25. Maybe a bit of a conspiracy theory but could the departure be in any way linked to Samaras not being offered a contract and Lennon being in the dark?



    I don’t know if I’d want Larsson coming in as manager at this point, he would be great for the fans but I’d worry about his managerial pedigree and wouldn’t want his memory being in any way tarnished.

  26. Hopefully bring a wee bit of cheer on this dark day for the champs. Titus Bolt is fancied to do the biz at Ayr today bhoys, Good Luck HH

  27. Houston or Coyle or both…..dearie me…….hope not….. but suspect it might be.

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