Former Celtic star Tommy Johnson has recently discussed Neil Lennon’s position at Parkhead.
Johnson appeared as a guest on the latest episode of the Celtic Huddle podcast and the panel talked about multiple issues involving the Parkhead-based side. Neil Lennon’s job at the club was the main talking point and Johnson was asked for his opinion on whether the club’s manager could walk away anytime soon. Johnson believes that Lennon will not leave until he’s sacked.
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Protests were held against Lennon’s position and the Celtic board earlier in the season but in a recent club statement, Ian Bankier confirmed that the Hoops will not make rushed decisions that they could end up regretting in the future. He also expressed his disappointment with how the season has gone.
In his appearance on the podcast, Johnson was talking about Lennon and he believes that if Peter Lawwell was to be in charge next season, the Celtic manager could have stayed.
He said: “I think if Peter Lawwell was going to still be in charge, I think it’d be highly likely [that he stayed]. Everybody knows how close I am to Neil anyway and he’s probably been through a difficult time this season but until he’s told otherwise, he’s just going to crack on with the job.”
TIF Thoughts on Johnson’s comments about Lennon…
Last month, Lennon had made it clear that he won’t walk away from his job and if the club makes a decision, only then can he potentially depart Parkhead (as per The Scotsman).
That is a clear indication that perhaps, Johnson is right about the fact that Lennon won’t resign willingly and it would require external interference.
Lawwell, though, is set to retire at the end of the campaign and Dominic McKay is set to replace him. Lawwell’s exit has been described as a ‘transition’ for the club and going by Johnson’s words, a new CEO might well mark the end of Lennon’s tenure as manager.