Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lennon strikes lucky

A quick disclaimer: this is all very much unconfirmed at the moment. But it looks as though Neil Lennon is very close to being given the Celtic job permanently.

The Guardian is reporting that a warm recommendation from Martin O'Neill helped convince money man Dermot Desmond that Lennon was the man for the job.

Now The Celtic Underground is reporting that:

As I write this Neil Lennon has just won his final game as temporary Celtic manager. The reason…The next Celtic fixture will be played under the permanent management of Neil Lennon.

On 30th May last year we informed you that a verbal agreement had been reached to appoint Tony Mowbray. Tonight, almost exactly 12 months later, the same source has informed us that nominations committee has unanimously agreed to the appointment of Neil Lennon.

As we have reported on a number of occasions since New Year, Lennon has been at the forefront of the boards thoughts when looking to improve performances on the park. The first indications of the boards faith in Lennon’s ability to turn the clubs on field fortunes around came when the board sought to get Mogga to replace Grant with Neil.

So nothing official yet but it looks very like the job is his to keep.

I wrote last week that I consider the appointment a risk. I stand by that although I concede that he performed admirably as caretaker.

It will be interesting to see who Celtic bring as the experienced hand to help the novice.

The aim is simple: win the league. Lennon knows that better than anyone. Now it's time to prove he's up to the task.

And another thing: I'm also delighted that this will finally put to rest the rumours linking Craig Levein with the job. That would have been a kick in the teeth that Scotland fans do not deserve.