Report: Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon linked with job just a day after commenting on future
According to a report, former Celtic boss Neil Lennon is in the running for the Ipswich Town job.
Just a day after commenting on wanting to get back in the dugout, the Daily Mirror report [08/12/21 print edition p. 51] that Lennon is a candidate to replace Paul Cook, who was relieved of his duties.
The Tractor Boys are in dire straits. A relegation from the Championship was a long, drawn-out inevitability. They’ve had four managers in three years, including another former Celtic man in Paul Lambert.
Lambert, according to the report, was sounded out by Lennon, who is said to be very much interested in the role. The former Celtic boss, who left in February of this year, has worked in England as a manager before. He spent a two-year stint at Bolton Wanderers, who were very much strapped for cash.
The timing is interesting. Just yesterday, Lennon told the Leicester Mercury:
“I’m starting to get the feeling, the itch, to get back in. It’s just a question of waiting to see what opportunities may arise. I’m excited about the future.
“We won five trophies in my second spell at Celtic. I’ve got 10 trophies under my belt with European experience and promotion with Hibernian.
“I’ve still got plenty to offer off the back of what I’ve achieved already.”
Lennon has also played in England before. He played for Manchester City, Crewe, Leicester City, Nottingham Forest and Wycombe Wanderers during a distinguished playing career.
Neil Lennon will undoubtedly feel he has something to prove; Ipswich Town may be good opportunity
Given the downward trajectory of Ipswich Town in recent years, they need someone who can galvanise the squad, bring in some talent and find the belief to mount a promotion challenge.
With Neil Lennon, they actually could do that. He’ll still have valuable contacts from his spells with Celtic. Provided he’s allowed his own backroom team, he could make waves in East Anglia.
He has won his share of trophies in management, albeit mostly at a club where he’d be expected to in Celtic. However, his spell at Hibernian is worth mentioning here.
With a similar budget to what Ipswich Town might have, he took the Hibees to the top-flight in some style, and helped to establish them as a top 6 outfit.
It’s that experience, as much as what he did with Celtic, that would prove valuable here. It wouldn’t be enormously surprising to see him get the job at Portman Road.
As ugly as it ended with Celtic, few fans would realistically wish Neil Lennon anything but good fortune in his next managerial role.