Neil Lennon offers classy Craig Levein response

By Hamish Carton

November 1, 2019

Neil Lennon admits he was disappointed to hear the news that Craig Levein had been sacked as Hearts boss.

The former Scotland manager left his role as Tynecastle manager on Wednesday after a run that brought about just one league win in 11 games at the start of the season.

Lennon may have had his run-ins with Levein in the past but that didn’t stop him from showing some humility on Friday when asked for his thoughts.

“I am very sorry for Craig. I know how much he put into the job,” the Celtic boss told Sky Sports.

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“Obviously the results weren’t what were probably expected for Hearts.

“He was a good football guy and gave everything for the club over the last 20 years.

“It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth the way some people have reacted or treated him in the past few weeks but he has kept his dignity and I wish him well for the future, whatever he decides to do.”

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There was always a respect between Lennon and Levein

The pair had a number of exchanges via the press as they vied for supremacy in the capital while at Hibernian and Hearts respectively.

They often clashed and made some great headlines in the process. However, there was always a deep respect between the two – as was shown by Lennon last year.

Exactly 12 months ago, on November 1st 2018, there was an interesting insight given by Guardian journalist Ewan Murray. The sportswriter detailed a classy moment from Lennon after news of Levein being rushed into hospital had emerged.

The interesting tale just shows the class of the Celtic boss. Many like to portray him as an angry football fanatic who cares little for anyone or anything else. The truth is very different to that.

We have a great man leading our club at present. That was shown again on Friday.