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Lennon

As I may have hinted earlier in the season via my subtle posts, I was not delighted with the appointment of Neil Lennon and I was ever more infuriated that we didn't interview other candidates, it struck me as gross incompetence.

Throughout the season I have seen many admit that they "got it wrong" about Lennon but I have always held my tongue until the league was over.

I can now admit that he has proven me wrong in my assessment of his managerial abilities with the exception of the matches against Cluj and Copenhagen in which he had 2 monumental brain farts, and the fact it happened twice worries me, I had hoped he learned from the Cluj game.

That said, domestically, we were great. When he was appointed I pointed out his win ratio during his previous spell as celtic manager which were higher than Rodgers bar one season.

I think he would have got a treble this year, and I think he still will if the Scottish cup goes ahead at a later date.

He deserves any praise coming his way, and a rightful apology from myself and others who were sceptical of his appointment.

My concerns going forward though are as follows:

1. Europe - Don't try and be clever, when we stuck to what was right we done really well, he blew it for himself there.

2. Eddie - I believe he will go and when he does i'm really worried about who replaces him. Lennon has stated before that he likes wages to be somewhat fair within the squad and nobody earning lots more than others, when that happens, you don't get an Edouard, you get a bayo, a pukki, a Bangura. We need someone of similar quality (or rather potential) to replace Eddie if he leaves, and i'm not sure Lennon will push the board the way Rodgers did.

In the end, when Rodgers left Lennon took over, guided us to 8, won a Scottish cup, won the league cup, and now has won us 9 in a row.

He is a Celtic legend, no question.

comment by Cesar (U22237)

posted on 18/5/20

We keep Eddie we win the 10 simple as that. Be hard for the board to decline a massive bid tho under the circumstances.Just have to hope we have a plan b if that's the case. Anyway happy to get the 9 and congrats to Lennon and the players for achieving it. Onwards and upwards to the 10

posted on 18/5/20

Potentially we could lose Ajer, Ntcham and Edouard Doesn't include the likes of Foster and Elyonoussi loans finishing, ideally I would like to keep Ntcham and Edouard and bring back Foster, get a decent LB in plus a holding midfielder and I would be confident for 10IAR

posted on 18/5/20

I was very meh when I heard he was returning permanent. We knew he would change things in Europe but I was concerned that we'd be taking a step back.

As it turns out he has learned and is far better than his first spell in charge and the football he had us playing was a good mix of the build up from Rodgers time but this time taking a few more chances and playing through the locked defences instead of passing the ball around hoping you will fool a defender into chasing the ball

He thoroughly deserves to be the manager to take us into a season to hopefully claim 10 IAR.

posted on 18/5/20

I still believe my frustrations were justified in not even looking at other candidates.

And the 2 tactical howlers in Europe can't be overlooked, they were really bad.

domestically he done the job though, and he isn't the maniac on the touchline he used to be.

far more entertaining than watching that schite under Rodgers as well, most boring football ever.

posted on 18/5/20

comment by JFK - The Rebel Treble (U8919)
posted 11 minutes ago
I still believe my frustrations were justified in not even looking at other candidates.

And the 2 tactical howlers in Europe can't be overlooked, they were really bad.

domestically he done the job though, and he isn't the maniac on the touchline he used to be.

far more entertaining than watching that schite under Rodgers as well, most boring football ever.
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I raise you Strachan’s last season

comment by IfUNo (U4755)

posted on 18/5/20

hopefully Lenny will have the advantage going into next year as he and the Celtic Board have stayed focused on the big prize during this total turmoil. Meanwhile the Scouse Imposter and his Board have thrown everything out off the pram and their club & fans are ignoring the elephant in the room - why is a failed manager still in a job?
long may it continue

posted on 18/5/20

Nobody has to eat their words with regard to Neil Lennon. Given we appointed Rogers, it was expected that we’d go the same route again i.e. big name. We didn’t. But credit to the board for getting it spot on. Personally i had no problem with NL getting the job and was a little deflated we didn’t get a big name. He has matured as a manager and his style of play is almost exactly what we all want to see. Dodgy CL qualifiers, cracking Europa group, League cup, 9iar and hopefully the Scottish cup🤞🏻. All in all a great appontment.

posted on 18/5/20

"hopefully Lenny will have the advantage going into next year as he and the Celtic Board have stayed focused on the big prize during this total turmoil. Meanwhile the Scouse Imposter and his Board have thrown everything out off the pram and their club & fans are ignoring the elephant in the room - why is a failed manager still in a job?
long may it continue"

They improved from the previous season......leads me to believe the experiment will continue in 20/21.....allbeit with hee haw to show for it when prizes are handed out

posted on 18/5/20

Great OP JFK

posted on 18/5/20

OP pretty much sums up where I’m at as well. Totally under-whelmed when Lenny got the permanent gig, and he’s had some shockers in Europe, but domestically he deserves huge credit ... especially for the turnaround since Xmas.

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