Paul Lambert has today officially ruled himself out of the running for the Celtic managerial job and for one pertinent reason.
The speculation regarding who the next Celtic manager will be is already well underway. A host of names have already been spoken about as being potential replacements for the departed Neil Lennon.
One of the main regrets Lennon will likely have is hanging onto the job for too long. It’s seriously affected his relationship with the Celtic supporters, many of whom will struggle to welcome him back. That’s not even controversial, that’s just cold hard fact.
And that’s the main reason why Lambert is refusing to even discuss potentially of taking the Celtic job on himself. Speaking to Sky Sports News, it’s clear Lambo doesn’t want to risk his own positive relationship with the passionate Hoops fanbase:
“I played for eight years, but I left the Glasgow scene a long time ago.
“That’s not my life anymore. I don’t want to tarnish the good feelings I have with the Celtic fans. We won a hell of a lot, stopping Rangers win ten [league titles] in a row in 1998. That was an incredible achievement.
“Maybe I’ll go back as a fan, that’s all I can say.”
Paul Lambert wouldn’t be many people’s first choice for Celtic job
You can’t deny Lambert’s experience in management. Since his first job with Livingston back in 2005, the former Celtic midfielder has been with nine other clubs.
His most memorable achievement was undoubtedly the successive promotions he managed with Norwich City that saw them promoted to the Premier League in 2011. Lambert would then manage to keep them in the division afterward.
However, that’s been as good as it’s gotten for the former Road to Seville hero. Lambert has flirted with the English lower leagues over the last six years or so after an unproductive spell with Aston Villa.
Lambert includes Livi, Wycombe Wanderers, Colchester United, Norwich, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Wolves, Stoke as his previous employers. As things stand, he’s currently still with Ipswich Town, who sit 10th in League One.
It’s fair to say he wouldn’t be a fashionable appointment, but his heart is in the right place. He doesn’t appear to even be considering taking the gig on. He’ll know the dangers immense failure and a refusal to acknowledge when to go can have on his reputation with the support. Lennon provided the template for that.
So it looks as though this is one name that can definitely be crossed off the list, however unlikely it was to begin with.