Celtic boss Neil Lennon is having a difficult time of it, there’s no doubt.
However, the Hoops manager showed his classy side with a reassuring call to dismissed Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell.
Kettlewell was relieved of his duties on the 19th of December last year [BBC], with the Staggies enduring a difficult run of form. Initially a co-manager with Ross County academy director Steve Ferguson, Kettlewell took full control in June 2020.
Despite knocking Celtic out of the Betfred Cup, the Staggies’ board weren’t impressed overall by Kettlewell’s managerial performance. They since replaced him with ex-Celt John ‘Yogi’ Hughes.
Lennon rang Kettlewell up on the night of his sacking, and the ex-Staggies boss was amazed by the gesture. He told the Ross-shire Journal:
“I was blown away to be honest.
“The Saturday I was sacked, it must have been 11pm at night, I received a phone call from Neil Lennon.
“The spin he put on it was completely different from everybody else.
“You look at what he has had to endure in the last period of time with the stresses and strains of managing a football club the size of Celtic.
“But he took the time to give me a ring and spent a bit of time giving me what I think is great advice.
“It is just a mark of the man and I said that three weeks previously when we beat Celtic in the League Cup.
“But it was the night before their Scottish Cup final against Hearts and he took the time to give me some support.
“It was almost a bit of congratulations for what was achieved after such a long period of time.”
Celtic boss Neil Lennon’s classy gesture
With a Scottish Cup final to prepare for, it means a lot that the Celtic manager Neil Lennon took his time out like this. Reaching out to a manager going through his own struggle is a genuinely classy gesture.
While Neil Lennon’s character is debated, you can’t really fault him here. Simply put, it was a nice thing to do.
Given that Lennon seemingly even has a decent relationship with Ally McCoist nowadays [Glasgow Live], he must be a likeable figure off the pitch.
Certainly in the football management community, anyway.
While Lennon is under-fire at the moment, he’s gained an incredible amount of support during Celtic’s crisis season. Amongst pundits and ex-pros, he seems to have gained a lot of positive traction over his career. Presumably, that’ll put him in good stead when he inevitably leaves Celtic.
As for Kettlewell, it’s uncertain when he’ll return to the dug-out. But at least he knows he has friends in the game to rely upon.