Senior BBC journalist Tom English has stated that he “knows” Celtic want Neil Lennon as their next permanent manager.
The Northern Irishman is currently the Celtic boss until the end of the campaign. His current period is very much being viewed as an audition for many supporters. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Celtic board also felt this way.
It’s up for debate how well Lennon is doing too. Performances have generally been pretty poor since he came in the door. But yesterday’s 3-0 hammering of Aberdeen at Hampden in the Scottish Cup semi-finals was a massive boost for him.
Speculation on a new permanent manager hasn’t been validated by Celtic. No official news has come out of the club regarding a new manager. But English told the BBC’S Scottish football podcast (Sunday April 14th, 14:15), that Celtic Chief Executive Lawwell wants Lennon in.
“I’ll be surprised if Neil Lennon doesn’t get it. Peter Lawwell wants to give it to him – I know that.
“When he appointed him as interim manager when Brendan Rodgers walked out, he was very very grateful that Neil Lennon was there and took it, and dug him out of a hole. If Lennon wasn’t available, then he would’ve struggled to find a new manager.
“If he wasn’t there it would’ve been a problem. So I think Lawwell wants to give it to him and wanted Lennon to put up a compelling case for it. Today was a compelling case (Aberdeen result).”
Would this honestly surprise you?
Whether you like English or not, and whether you agree with some of his work or not, would this truly surprise you if it were true?
It comes just after Clyde 1 revealed that Dermot Desmond had informed Lennon that the club weren’t speaking to anyone else. Of course, that doesn’t mean the Hoops aren’t looking, but it would go along with the train of thought that Lawwell wants to give it to Lennon.
The Northern Irishman hasn’t been getting the team to play swashbuckling football. But, in saying that, he remains unbeaten, and has conceded just two goals in eight games since taking over.
There will be a variety of opinions on this. Some will want Lennon, and others will want a bigger name. Some will believe English in what he’s saying, and others will just call it nonsense.
What we can all agree on is that Celtic need to make the right decision regarding the next manager. Sentimental reasons can’t be taken into account. That surely requires the club to cast the net far and wide to see what’s out there.
And if Lawwell truly WANTS to give it to Lennon, this will only lead to a biased conclusion. But it’s down to you as an individual Celtic supporter as to whether you believe English’s claim or not.