Celtic manager Neil Lennon has revealed details of a conversation that he had with Peter Lawwell and Dermot Desmond, which appears to have decided his immediate future at Parkhead.
The Irish tactician has come under huge pressure after his side’s recent poor run – both domestically and in Europe. Thursday night’s 4-1 defeat to Sparta Prague, for the second time, has added fuel to the fire.
Celtic have also not won a game in Europe this season, with their latest loss confirming that they will not be advancing to the next stage of the Europa League (via BBC Sport).
Speaking during his pre-match press conference for this weekend’s Scottish Premiership clash against Ross County (via Clyde 1 Superscoreboard), Lennon revealed that he had a bizarre exchange with his superiors about what has been going wrong and what could be done better.
“I speak to Dermot [Desmond] maybe twice a week,” he said. “I spoke to the two of them [Lawwell and Desmond] today on a Zoom call this morning. We are trying to find solutions to what we can do better.
“Not just with the first-team, but all around the club. It was a very productive conversation and I have their full support.
“We are not happy with the way things have gone in recent weeks. I am the head of the football department and the face of the football club, Peter is the chief executive and Dermot is the main shareholder.
“They’ve been with me since day one – through the good times and what will be perceived as a bad time at the minute. They feel the need to offer suggestions, ideas and vice versa from me.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
The question must be asked what Lawwell and Desmond know that Lennon doesn’t. Supporters will be scratching their hands wondering how the current campaign has ended up in the manner that it has.
The comment that these are simply ‘perceived’ bad times and bizarre lines about the so-called ‘productive’ chats with his superiors could be damaging his legendary status at the football club.
Denying that there are any issues and putting the walls up could prove to be a deleterious move and one that could cost him his job.
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