Former Celtic defender Alan Stubbs supports Neil Lennon “100%”.
However, the ex-Everton and Bolton Wanderers man claims the Celtic boss has lost his “alibi”, in Peter Lawwell. Speaking on the Go Radio Football Show, Stubbs made some excellent points about the future of Neil Lennon at Celtic, which hangs in the balance.
“From now until the end of the season, no matter what results Celtic get, it’s about looking at the bigger picture.
“I respect Neil Lennon 100%. He’s been remarkable in terms of his tenure and what he’s achieved.
“But I just don’t know, with his biggest alibi in Peter Lawwell going, that leaves him even more vulnerable.
“With Peter going and it’s all come out, I think the last thing Peter wanted to do, because of the relationship he’s had with Neil, is sack him and end it on a really sour note.”
It’s an excellent point. On 67 Hail Hail, we’ve made our agenda clear. If Lawwell wants to end his tenure with a move to appease fans, it’s surely sacking Lennon.
On the other hand, the ties between the two run deep. There’s clearly a strong friendship there, and as Stubbs says, sacking his favoured manager would represent a sour note from Lawwell’s perspective.
But with the league nearly out of reach, and Celtic out of Europe before Christmas, changes need to be made. The quicker a new manager can come in, the quicker incoming CEO Dominic McKay can make an impact on the club.
Ex-Celtic man Alan Stubbs lays some blame with players
Stubbs expanded on his comments. The ex-Hibs manager knows what it’s like to coach a team, and he claimed the Celtic players needed to step up.
“[Player performances have] been a big problem for Celtic and that’s not necessarily Neil’s fault.
“Neil will carry the can for everything that goes wrong at Celtic and, as a manager, you have to accept that.
“But this is where his staff have questions over them. If they can see that and have not said anything or, even worse, not put it right, then that doesn’t say a lot about them either.”
Fair enough, a number of players could have been better this season. Still, motivating the squad, running effective training and planning for games is Lennon’s remit.
With such a good squad at his disposal, it’s not as simple as players not performing to their potential. Management is about getting the best out of those who work for you. Lennon, simply, has failed in this endeavour.