Former Celtic player Kris Commons has recently backed manager Neil Lennon to succeed at Parkhead.
Commons appeared as a guest on the latest episode of the Celtic Huddle podcast and the panel discussed multiple issues involving the Bhoys. One topic of discussion was Neil Lennon’s position at the club and Commons believes that Lennon is the right man for the club’s dressing room if he gets to work with his own backroom staff.
The Hoops currently find themselves 13 points behind the Gers in the Premiership table and they are also out of the Europa League and the League Cup. Following their recent 1-1 draw against St. Johnstone, Celtic publicly backed Lennon to turn things around at Parkhead.
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Despite the fact that protests have already taken place at Parkhead demanding the sacking of Lennon, Commons feels that the manager is still the right man for the club.
He said: “This year, there have been mistakes made from top to bottom, and at the minute, Neil Lennon and the board are getting it very, very tight because you know where the buck stops – it never stops with the players, it stops with the manager.
“So they’re backing the manager. I still think, and I have said from day one, that Neil Lennon is the right man in that dressing room. Now, whether that means that he has to bring in his own backroom staff, not people that he’s been told that he’s got to work with.”
TIF Thoughts on Commons’ comments regarding Lennon…
Celtic’s current coaching staff includes John Kennedy, Gavin Strachan and Stevie Woods, apart from chief analyst Tommy O’Neill. Out of those three, only Strachan is a recent appointment as he came to the club in June earlier this year. Kennedy has been performing various roles at the club over the last few years and Woods has been at Celtic since 2007.
This suggests that Lennon hasn’t had too much freedom to get his own staff in – like Brendan Rodgers had with the appointment of Kolo Toure as the Celtic technical assistant. So perhaps, things could’ve been different for Lennon if he had control of appointments in the club’s backroom staff and Commons is right to point that out.