Potential Lennon method change is a risk worth taking if it ends Celtic malaise

By John Reid

November 7, 2020

Neil Lennon has alluded to the fact that he might to change his managerial style and get back to the methods he used in his first spell as Celtic manager, but there might be a risk in that.

Here is what the Hoops manager said after the defeat to Sparta Prague.

“The way forward”

“I’ve got to cut the malaise. It’s my job to nip it in the bud. And maybe become that little bit tougher on them now. To get some response for them. A proper response. Maybe getting a little bit harder of them might be the way forward” the Hoops boss said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

Now, that seems to suggest that Lennon has been taking it easy on the player, and hasn’t gone ‘hard’ on them. To be fair, the method that Lennon has used in the past has worked up to this season. Celtic have won every trophy he has competed for as manager.

However, as Lennon says, Celtic are in a ‘malaise’ at the moment, and the time is now to snap out of it. Of course, the risk in changing the managerial method is that the players won’t respond to it.

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After all, most of the players at Celtic now will be used to the ‘easy going’ Hoops manager, not the one who might be ready to tell some home truths to the players.

Has to be worth a gamble

However, at this moment in time it has to be worth a gamble. After all, results like the 4-1 loss to Sparta Prague just can’t be seen as acceptable.

Celtic were very poor against Sparta Prague (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Is it too early for Lennon to start this new managerial method before the game against Motherwell on Sunday? No. After all, that game is a must win match for Celtic. The Hoops need to get back on track as soon as possible, or the season is in danger of derailing.

Some people might say that becoming ‘a little bit tougher’ on players should belong in the past. However, every result counts for Celtic at the moment. If Lennon’s potential new methods work, then so be it.

In other news, Chris Sutton finds worrying similarities between two dismal Celtic nights in Europe.