Neil Lennon admits he would've preferred his own staff at Celtic; hints at job outside Scotland

By John McGinley

June 5, 2021

Neil Lennon has admitted for the first time that he’d have preferred working with his own backroom staff in his second spell at Celtic.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Times today, Lennon went into the dismal last 12 months at Celtic and his resignation.

As we discussed earlier, he had a lot to get off his chest with regards to the club’s supporters.

However, he also spoke about his future and what he wants from football next.

Lennon is still open to managerial opportunities, but apparently only if he gets to work with his own staff.

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The former boss worked with John Kennedy, Damien Duff and Gavin Strachan during his second spell. For Lennon, it was a difficult hurdle to overcome, despite getting on well with all of them.

Pundits have previously spoken up in the past that Lennon really needed his own men in the door. [Daily Record]

Neil Lennon did want his own Celtic staff

Speaking to The Times today, Lennon admitted it was a problem: “You get the itch. I love football, I love watching it. I think I have a lot to offer if I can get my own staff in. It was difficult going into Celtic without anyone and inheriting a staff. It was challenging to make that work and we did. For 18 months it worked perfectly.

“I think it’s always important to have someone with the same sort of philosophies and ideas as you. John Kennedy was very, very good but the whole staff side of it was inherited. And I went in at a really, really delicate time after Brendan [Rodgers].”

Lennon would go on to suggest his next job in football will come away from Scotland, telling the paper: “I’ve had a brilliant time in Glasgow but I want a new challenge.

“I’ve been a mainstay in Scottish football for a long time, since 2000 really. I’ve had an amazing time. Very, very successful, but it’s exhausted my avenues in Scotland now I think.”

John Kennedy and Neil Lennon at Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Supporters will take a keen interest in his comments about a backroom staff as the club embark on a new managerial project.

Will Ange Postecoglou also have to inherit John Kennedy? I’d suspect most fans will be hoping not.

In other news, Celtic teenager impresses in youth international.