Neil Lennon has some balls. A Cypriot cup win has restored his swagger, and he now feels that he can critique the team Ange Postecoglou has built. He has identified what he thinks are weaknesses in it. He has said the club needs a central striker.
Like I said, he has balls. He should keep his damned mouth shut about what the current manager of this club should be doing in the summer.
Who the Hell is Lennon to offer the view that the team is lightweight? That team was good enough to win the title and the League Cup, and to get nine points from a bloody tough Europa League group. One of the teams Ange beat – home and away – was Ferencvaros, the very side Lennon blew it against last season and started the downward spiral.
I find his comments about “Ange’s development” to be frankly insulting as well. Ange has won titles in three countries, on three continents, and managed his country. He doesn’t need “development”; Ange is his own man and a fantastic coach. It is patronising and condescending for Lennon to make out that Ange still has things he needs to learn.
When you look at the career of Ange Postecoglou, you see progression. Lennon got the Celtic job twice, but he shouldn’t kid himself that he deserved it either time because he never did. He got it on the basis of an old pals act which should have seen other people at Celtic Park run out of the club on a rail. He flopped at Bolton. He self-destructed at Hibs.
He manages in Cyprus, and he can say all he wants that Ange inspired him to try his hand abroad, but if a single club in the UK had been willing to give him a gig he’d be in the lower leagues of England right now and still talking about how he was hard done by at Celtic Park.
No other former manager of this club in my recent memory has felt that he needs to lecture his predecessor and this guy is certainly the last person who should be attempting to do it.
Ange has cleaned up his mess, and what a Hell of a mess it was.