Neil Lennon tried to ease the pressure on himself today by revealing that he has daily chats with Peter Lawwell, but that’ll do more to worry the Celtic fans than reassure them.
Lennon has come under severe pressure from the supporters after a string of poor results and a run of dreadful performances that stretch back to the start of the season. Celtic have only won two of their last eight games, and sit 11 points behind Rangers in the Premiership and are bottom of their Europa League group too.
After Saturday’s dreadful 2-2 draw at Easter Road against Hibs, the pressure went into overload. Popular fan group The Green Brigade, who have been vocal Lennon backers in the past, released their own statement urging the Celtic boss to call it a day at Parkhead.
But today Lennon moved to ease the pressure, and said the following as quoted by the Daily Record:
“Obviously all of us are not happy with the way things are panning out at the minute. But there is a calmness about Peter and the board. There’s no panic. We have been over the course and distance many times before.
“I speak to Peter every day. He is very, very supportive, as he is with the players and my backroom team as well.
“So it is as you are, let’s get improvement, let’s get some wins, let’s play the type of football we know we are capable of, which we showed in the last 20 minutes at Easter Road, and we will be absolutely OK.”
Why are we never told about the content of these discussions?
The best thing Lennon could do with the supporters now is be as transparent as possible. This is too big a season to be pussyfooting around and trying to dodge key supporter concerns.
The relationship between the manager and chief executive is no secret. However, why are we never told about what goes in with regards to these daily discussions? Why, if there is such constant communication between the manager and the board, do we continue to struggle to improve our performance levels? Why is there never any form of positive change?
Lennon revealing that he’s getting a ton of support from Lawwell will do nothing to quell supporter’s frustrations, worries, or anger. We want to know that the manager is being put under pressure to get results, not getting an arm around the shoulder and being told everything is okay by those who should be acting on supporters’ concerns.
Sure, it might be more settling for Lennon, but it’s hardly what the fans want to be seeing at a time when we’re at a crisis point in our 10-in-a-row push.
Telling us all that he has this regular contact is a way to try and portray that the club is working hard to put things right. But why not then tell us what progress has come from these discussions in the past and in what way they’re proving to be beneficial?
Start giving the fans some answers instead of dodging the questions that actually need asking. If Lawwell is chatting with Lennon on a daily basis and everything is hunky-dory in these talks, then we’re in as a bad a place as we all feared.