Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon reviews Brendan Rodgers' tactics on Sky Sports

By Euan Davidson

May 8, 2021

Last night was a weird one for former Celtic managers, particularly Brendan Rodgers.

Brendan Rodgers faced a Newcastle United side desperate to build momentum as they battled for safety. Leicester City needed 3 points to consolidate third ahead of a tricky trip to face Manchester United. It was already dramatic enough for Sky Sports.

As it turns out, Newcastle United won 4-2 [BBC]. Goals from former Eddie Howe favourite Callum Wilson, as well as an inspired Matt Richie performance, had the Magpies 4-0 up by the 80th minute. The Foxes attempted to mount a late comeback with goals from Albrighton and Iheanacho, but it was in vain.

It’s a result that leaves Newcastle within a point of league safety. But, bad enough as it was for Rodgers, the match analysis was conducted by none other than Neil Lennon and Graeme Souness.

After the very public difficulties faced by Lenny over the last couple of months, it’s great to see him talking football again. But it must’ve been pretty strange for him to talk on a loss for the manager he dramatically replaced in February of 2019.

Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Great to see Neil Lennon back on TV, even in weird Brendan Rodgers scenario

Honestly, what’s the strategy there? Praise Rodgers’ opponents to the hilt, or given an honest assessment of Brendan Rodgers’ defending? If so, that can’t have been the easiest gig, considering what went down at Celtic this season.

Obviously, Lennon is a former Leicester City player himself. Lenny joined the Foxes after spells with Crewe Alexandra and Manchester City. Working under Martin O’Neill, the former midfielder established himself as a top-tier talent, a robust and formidable midfield presence in a good Leicester side.

So there’s no question he was as valid as anyone to analyse the match. In any case, it’s good to see a healthy-looking Neil Lennon in work. It’d be entirely forgivable for him to avoid the public eye, given the enormous scrutiny he’s been under. It doesn’t change the fact that he wasn’t the right manager for Celtic, but it’s still a sign that things are going better for him after an incredibly difficult year.

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