Celtic manager Neil Lennon has hit back at newspapers that have run polls asking whether he should be sacked or not, BBC Scotland reports.
The Bhoys boss was furious in his pre-Lille trip press conference today, hitting back at pundits going too far with their Shane Duffy criticism and going after media narratives about Celtic’s current form.
Everyone knows the last week hasn’t been good enough.
However, the manager feels all the speculation about his future is absurd, and he’s aimed his sights at two Scottish papers.
As quoted by BBC Scotland, he said: “Pundits are talking about me being two games away from the sack. Players getting singled out, abused, criticised, it’s absolutely shocking.
“It’s media-driven, there’s no question of that. I have seen two newspapers run polls on whether I should get sacked or not. I have never seen it before in 20 years I have been here.
“There’s no justification for me to be sacked. None whatsoever. If things start to deteriorate rapidly, I’ll hold my hands up and say, ‘this isn’t working, we need to look at something else’. But at the moment we’re nowhere near that.”
It’s unclear what papers he is talking about, though there are often polls at the bottom of online articles from the Scottish print media.
Perhaps those newspapers won’t be in a rush to print these comments having been put under the spotlight.
I disagree with Lennon in one aspect. Although there has been huge media glare on him recently, it’s undeniable that quite a lot of Celtic supporters are unhappy with him at the moment.
I don’t think you can fully put all of this uproar at the feet of the media.
Everyone knows that something needs to improve at Celtic – performances and results for starters.
If Lennon doesn’t manage that the calls for him to go and the speculation will only continue. It’s life as a manager in Glasgow, rightly or wrongly.
We need some fight in the team on Thursday and Sunday. The pitch is the best place to shut people up.