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Ex-Celts Top The Uninspiring List Of Bookies Favourites For Aberdeen Job.

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There is something unseemly about taking bets on the next manager of a club which at the moment of writing this still has someone in the job. I am no fan of Jim Goodwin as Aberdeen boss, but that guy should not be getting up to read such reports.

Still, those reports are out there and Aberdeen fans must wonder if things would necessarily get better if Goodwin went, or worse. There are three names, in the main, which are all over the media and none of them would have me breaking out the champagne in their shoes. They are all Scottish, two with links to Celtic. One is Neil Lennon.

Clubs in Scotland ought to have learned their lesson on Lennon by now. If Aberdeen were to hire him, I doubt it would go down well with their fans. He would get results in the beginning and he would not fear Ibrox or Parkhead … that would be a step forward. But with Lennon any step forward is undermined by at least one step back.

And if that’s true of him it’s even truer of the second name on the list, Jack Ross, who is simply Jim Goodwin with a slightly more extensive CV.

The third name is Paul Lambert, and I reckon he’s marginally better than those two … but another really uninspiring name, another that shows a fundamental lack of imagination. None of the three is going to take the club forward in the manner it needs.

Now this is a lot of speculation at the moment, nothing more, and it might well be that one or all of them is talking to their mates in the press to get their names in the public eye here. That could be. Anything could be here. You just don’t know.

But Aberdeen really needs to do better than this is it turns out that Goodwin’s time is up. Their fans deserve more than the abject performances they are getting from their team, and few of them believe it’s a knee-jerk reaction to say that this one just hasn’t worked out. Their board badly needs to get the next decision absolutely right.

None of these three comes close to that. Lennon, at least, has a record of winning things and he would initially build confidence throughout the squad that they were better than most of the teams around them … I would welcome any manager who did that.

If a challenge is to emerge, a genuine challenge, from a club outside Glasgow there are bigger things they need to get right than just the manager. They need an analytics based transfer strategy, real investment in fitness infrastructure and a youth development program capable of producing a couple of first team players every other year.

Lennon has little time for any of that which means that even if there’s some short term success they’d be essentially starting from zero when they brought in a manager who gets that stuff.

The sooner that club emerges into the light the better and none of these possible managers will get them there.

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7 comments

  • Mark Rouse says:

    Neil Lennon, is not Scottish. You may need to edit the article.

    • John Copeland says:

      One of my pet hates about Scottish football guessing ,sorry ,reporting by hacks is their ‘list ‘ of bookies’ favourite for the next manager ‘s job at a club ! Jim Goodwin is the manager of Aberdeen FC today and for any scoop tabloid typist to draw up a pool of names to replace him while he is still in his job ,is a disgraceful ,diabolical liberty ! I really would walk past these vermin scoops in the desert without saying hello .

  • Johnny Green says:

    James, you should be backing Neil Lennon as he will definitely give Aberdeen a bit of backbone, particularly when they play the Huns. That could only be good from a Celtic point of view and ensure that another biased McInnes clone is not in charge of them. Neil, despite his faults, has his heart in the right place and I would always want him to do well for himself. He is still a true Celt and a Celtic legend.

  • Eamonn Little says:

    I believe they missed a trick in going for the wrong Irishman.I think Stevie Robinson would have been a better fit for Aberdeen.He punched above his weight with Motherwell,is doing the same again with St Mirren,is a good coach,and instills confidence in his players.He has a good contact network,and is keen to give youth a chance.I have family up in Aberdeen ,one a huge Dons fan.He thinks if JG goes,St Mirren should be approached.

  • Eire goCeltic says:

    This scuttlebutt was started by one journalist. I read it and thought this is like political “push polling”. He is trying to start something that is not likely to be true, in an attempt to influence a decision that makes his forecast true. Aberdeen is fifth on the ladder, above Hibernian and St Mirren and below Hearts. They have had good wins over these three teams. The other team is St Johnstone, which they may have beaten. One big loss against Rangers and this fellow comes out of the woodwork to put the boot in. In a couple of weeks, someone ask the Board did they approach The Irishman.
    Many teams are inconsistent this season. I have no doubt, Jim Goodwin is safe for the rest of the season. Responsible sports journalism is scarce, compared to economic, foreign affairs, political and investigative journalism.

  • SSMPM says:

    There’s many fans and ex footballing players out there that haven’t played at the top level could do a better job. Some, most, of these so called professional players/now managers are a waste of money. Having played at a number of lower league and Junior clubs under good managers, tbh, I’m repeatedly amazed at how bad the current crop are on the whole. Erm, even though I can’t stand him, an ex professional drug dealer has shown that he can do better. Speaks volumes.

  • Effarr says:

    Why isn’t the Australian, Postecoglou, not linked to the job? Maybe because he’s from the bottom side of the world.

    Maybe Scott Brown will be asked back by Goodwin as assistant.

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