Neil Lennon has been talking up his support network today as he admitted supporters, rival managers, and the LMA have all been in touch to offer their backing.
Lennon has been the subject of some heavy criticism particularly since Sunday – when a 2-0 home defeat to Ross County led to demonstrations outside of Celtic Park.
Plenty of the fans have had enough, and the pressure that Lennon has been subjected to is undoubtedly the highest level he’s ever experienced since he took on the job for the first time back in 2010.
However, despite that, Lennon certainly hasn’t been short of parties looking to reach out to him to provide some support in amongst the backlash. The Celtic boss was keen to namecheck the categories today.
Speaking at a press conference today via Celtic TV, Lennon said: “I’m very grateful (to the board). You talk about durability – they’re not a board that will just sack managers for the sake of it. We’ve had great success and we’re going through a tough time, but they don’t leave you out on the lurch.
“There’s great support here. There’s great support from supporters – letters/emails. There’s been great support from other managers in the game and the LMA – who have seen it all before and probably deal with it on a daily basis.
“From my own point of view it’s really encouraging and comforting, and I’ve had great support from the players as well.”
Lennon still looks in a strong place mentally
It’s promising to see the manager still look as though he’s in a decent place despite the criticism. I’ve been one of his biggest critics all week, but for all of us true supporters, it’s most certainly nothing against the manager personally.
It’s great that he has such a strong support network to fall back on. In truth, that’s important for everyone in any walk of life. This won’t surprise anyone either – he remains a Celtic icon and that certainly hasn’t changed.
But Lennon has a legacy to protect at Parkhead, and you do wonder just how long he’s going to allow that legacy to come under fire due to something he can easily put a stop to.
There’s definitely a feeling of responsibility that comes from within the manager. He evidently wants 10-in-a-row more than anything, and is keen to take the risk and potentially be the man that loses it. But if he was to go now, he would still be extremely fondly welcomed at Parkhead and acknowledged for doing the right thing.
From these words here, there’s absolutely no sign of him being anywhere close to doing that. He still has a stubborn belief in his own ability to lead us to the 10. You do have to admire his character and inner strength – he’s always had that.
But this is now the first time in his career where it may very well be being used to the detriment of the club. The longer we go on the way we are, the more Lennon damages what is an incredible reputation.