Neil Lennon has branched out into standup comedy.
Well, that would be one way to explain his latest idiotic remarks, his latest outbreak of self-pity, his latest wailing to the press.
In his latest rant, so lacking in self-awareness that it is mind-boggling, and which demonstrates a grasp on reality which is shaky as best, he went moaned about why the phone hasn’t been ringing off the hook with offers.
I remember Ally McCoist moaning in much the same way when he was exited from Ibrox.
Lennon has won more trophies, for sure, but he’s also detonated more than one club. For him not to understand why chairmen aren’t battering down his door … it’s delusional.
Earlier in the year, in the aftermath of a prior self-pitying rant, I wrote that Lennon’s problem is that he refuses to acknowledge any responsibility for what happened at Celtic and that it is this, as much as the nature of the collapse itself, which makes it incredibly hard to imagine him in the dugout at a reasonable sized club in the foreseeable future.
There would need to be a sea-change in his attitude for that to happen, and he would need to admit that he made mistakes, big ones. He shows no signs of doing either.
To be frank, he sounds pathetic and way too wrapped up in his own ego to take the necessary reality check.
As I said at the time, one of the standard questions you are asked if you’re going for a high-profile interview is “what mistakes did you make in your last job?” The follow-on is “what have you learned from them?”
Lennon would never get to the follow-on.
If you were interviewing that guy and he said that he was simply the victim of bad luck and of a freakish confluence of circumstances which were none of his fault you would thank him and send him home.
His defence of his performances at Bolton and Hibs are astonishing.
At Bolton he sparked an actual player revolt. His sacking was celebrated by many inside and outside the club.
With the manner of his exit at Hibs he almost trashed his reputation beyond all hope of repair. I am pretty sure that all those in football who knew the story considered his career all but over.
Perversely, this did not include the Celtic board, who instead gave him the enormous responsibility for delivering ten in a row. The decision gets worse the more you examine it and the more you look at his behaviour since.
Lennon would have enough of an uphill battle if all he was doing was sitting quietly waiting for the offers to come, but in a very real way his entire public persona has become an advertisement for how unsuitable he would be for any top flight role.
He is, in a very real sense, auditioning for his next job right now, every single time he’s in front of a microphone or a camera.
No wonder the offers haven’t come. I wouldn’t hire this snarling fool who refuses to acknowledge his own limitations if I was running a junior team. I’ve had enough of his self-serving bollocks.
He left our club like a disaster area.
Standards plummeted under him.
We didn’t even make Hampden last season, that’s how bad we were.
Others played their role, and that’s a fact, but I long since got tired of his egotism and his lack of remorse.
I’ll never forgive him either for the part he played or his behaviour since.
I know others feel as if they want to, and I understand that, but even for them I am certain that the road back to any sort of rehabilitation gets harder every time he opens his mouth.