Does Neil Lennon need his own coaches and assistants in the Celtic dugout?
That’s the question that former players Mark Wilson, Frank McAvennie and Murdo MacLeod have been discussing today on a new episode of their podcast – The Celtic Huddle.
Wilson launched the show last week in the wake of the defeat to Rangers.
The former Celtic full-back was sacked by Brechin City today but that hasn’t stopped him releasing a new episode, this time directly discussing the future of Neil Lennon.
The panel stopped short of calling for Lennon to leave the club, but recognising things are going wrong, there was discussion about bringing in another coach or two to help him through this difficult time.
McAvennie said: “I don’t know why he doesn’t have his own man in there. He needs to bounce off somebody. No disrespect to John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan, they are not his guys. Get somebody in there, somebody he can trust.”
Wilson would go on to recommend the return of Johan Mjallby, Lennon’s assistant during his first spell at Celtic.
The former defender played under that coaching team and thinks it’s worth considering.
He said: “When he got the job permanently the first time, the first guy he brought in was Johan Mjallby, we all know how that partnership went, they were successful and comfortable.
“The choice of Lenny and Johan would be a good thing. Someone to lean on, someone he knows. I think John Kennedy is a terrific coach but I still think you need your own man.”
Wilson then goes on to tell a funny story about the discipline that Mjallby and Lennon brought to Lennoxtown back when he was a player, once falling foul of their standards.
For MacLeod, he thinks having someone close in the dugout is crucial, stating: “It’s a team, you need a team. You’ve got to have your arm round the guy beside you. That’s how you get through a season.
“When you are on your own, all the wee negative thoughts are going into your head and there’s no-one else to bounce off.”
Is this worth considering?
Some would argue it’s a step into the past and not a very progressive step. However, I’m willing at this point to take anything that might help Lennon.
There’s an element of clutching at straws here though. Lennon was perfectly happy having a coaching team picked for him last year, so what makes this one so different?
I’m not sure Mjallby coming in is the magic bullet.
You can listen to the full episode of The Celtic Huddle on PodBean.