There are currently four managers in the Premier League that share a common background. Malky Mackay, Paul Lambert, David Moyes and Paulo Di Canio all played for Glasgow Celtic. The four managers have come through the managerial ranks at different levels but have all ended up in Europe’s top league. Is it time for another Celtic great to make the move?
Celtic fans have already gone through the loss of Victor Wanyama and Gary Hopper, two men who were at the heart of the clubs historic Champions League campaign. Behind this team last season was a young manager learning his craft at the very highest level. Celtic fans must know the day is coming when a side will decide to take a look at Lennon. The former Northern Ireland international has just signed an extension but this is only a one year deal, so contractually he is not handcuffed to the club but perhaps for the Celtic faithful they should question why the club hasn’t tried to sign up the Parkhead gaffer for the long term.
Qualification into the group stages yet again boosts his value as a true up and coming coach that has the ability and potential to rise to the top. The Glasgow giants are not big spenders but Lennon gets the best out of this squad. And in a way similar to Moyes who worked wonders on a shoestring budget at Everton, many believe if Lennon had the tools at his disposal he could do a lot more.
Lennon has over the years developed the ability to be a winner; he has passion for the game and getting the results. His experience in winning as a player has severed him well moving into the managerial realms and that has paid off with continuing that winning habit. He knows how to win games, and it shows against all levels of competition. Unlike all of the other ex-celts, he is the only manager with proven European experience. This alone might be the one thing that stands out for him over other up and coming managers.
It is Celtic’s worst nightmare but a team in the Premiership will take that gamble. One team that may make it happen is Sunderland. Di Canio’s early season form doesn’t make his future seem to bright and there are already speculations that he’ll be out of the job within a few months. The hot headed Italian has the passion levels similar to Lennon, but where Di Canio seems to go off the rails and go after his own players; Lennon does the opposite and brings his players on during the tough patches.
No matter what club has a need, when they come calling surely it will be too difficult for Lennon to say no. His handful of European games each year is really no comparison for the 38 games in the Premier League. If Lennon can do another number on one of the big boys in this season’s Champions League then he might become the hottest young manager out there.
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