There’s an interesting news story doing the rounds in England; Roy Keane has turned down Sunderland because he can’t agree personal terms. Just when you thought his route back to the club was all laid out in front of him, Keane has balked at the offer.
Under most circumstances, this would be of only limited interest to Celtic fans except for one of the other names who is linked with the job, and the fact that he chose the eve of the game against the Ibrox club to once again “set the record straight” on his time at the helm at Parkhead.
I was angry with Lennon for doing that, because everyone’s focus was on the match.
I was even angrier at the words he actually said, which once again betrayed not even the merest hint that he recognises his own failings and his own responsibility for last year’s disaster.
Much of it was stuff he had said before, but one fresh claim jumped off the page; players needed to leave and there wasn’t the money to replace them. It’s a new argument, alright, but one that will not exactly endear him to any future employer.
We are still stuck with some of the mess he made.
Two high profile signings, in particular, remain on the books who we couldn’t get shot of, although we were trying hard to. They cost us a combined total of £12 million … that’s around half what Ange has spent on the entire squad rebuild. What scares me most in light of that is what Lennon would have been able to spend had he grabbed the bull by the horns and moved Ajer, Edouard and Christie on.
God alone knows what state we’d be in right now, with nothing in the bank to fix it.
This is why the news from Sunderland today is so interesting.
Lennon advertised his availability for the post and made it clear that he’d be applying.
Yet, with Keane dropping out the shortlist is now said to be down to three, and he’s not one of the names. Grant McCann and Alex Neil appear to be out in front, with the local press saying it’s McCann’s to lose.
If Lennon doesn’t appeal to a club in League One, a club which has been at the heart of its own soap opera for years now, where is he ever going to find a chairman willing to give him a gig?
He has to realise that other clubs watch all this stuff, that they know he is still blaming everything but himself for what went wrong last season … and that’s not somebody anyone wants to hire, if we’re being honest.
He’s been out of the game for almost a year and he’s not been shy about telling clubs that he wants back into the business.
But he’s spent every day since his departure from Celtic casting about for someone else to blame.
The historic apology he owes us, as the fans, for letting everyone done has not been forthcoming. At some point he has to realise that it’s this attitude as much as anything which is making it difficult for anyone to give him another shot.
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Frankie pearson says:
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You could see the team going backwards in his first full season in charge. His signings in his last year were terrible and we were humiliated by Ferencvaros and Sparta Prague.
Nobody could be surprised where we ended up. The fact that Ange had us easily disposing of Ferencvros after a matter of weeks in charge says it all.
Got to be honest, never liked him as a player either. Didn’t think we needed 2 defensive midfielders in Scotland and he tended to keep Lubo out. He couldn’t shoot or pass or create.
Lennon was purchased, you may remember, by Martin O’Neill after we were turned over 5-1 at Ibrox. A game in which Paul Lambert was totally exposed.
Lennon’s arrival paved the way for our 1st treble success since the days of Jock Stein.
Sure toward the end of his career he looked fat and unfit. And yes, he has totally tarnished his legacy at CP. I wouldn’t be surprised if we soon see a picture of him on the front page of the Daily Record, lying in the gutter outside Jinty’s, troosers pished.
But he was a very good player when he first joined Celtic. Very good indeed.
Oh and worst of all, I always thought he looked totally unfit.
Let us forget about that episode you will never get anywhere looking back.Let’s move on.
Totally agree with Frankie pearson! I suspect not many Celtic fans are giving N L a thought now as we have so much to look forward to>
irrelevant, we’ve moved on
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