With David Moyes moving to Manchester United, the press have been quick to nominate Neil Lennon for the role of Everton manager.
After months of trying to unsettle players, the MSM have decided to concentrate on the manager. Its almost as though they don’t want him to carry on at Celtic Park. Lennon has yet to say anything, but when he sits down with Peter Lawwell to discuss his own contract, then it might be mentioned then.
Danny McGrain thinks that the gaffer will still be with us next season, though;
“I think Neil has already said he is looking forward to the Champions League next year. Everton are not in the Champions League. I think Neil wants to go one better than the last 16 this forthcoming year. Hopefully he will still be there and we will get into the last 16, or maybe the last eight.”
Georgios Samaras isn’t surprised by the interest in Lennon;
“I haven’t heard anything but all I can say is that when you are playing at a high level like the Champions League and doing well then for sure people will come and watch the players or the manager or whoever is part of the team.”
Everton chief Bill Kenwright says he will listen to the fans for “guidance”, which effectively means he hasn’t got a clue yet.
Most Everton websites seem to think it will be Malky Mackay or Roberto Martinez.
Whoever it is, it won’t be yet.
Celtic have a title party to look forward to tomorrow, and its worth noting what Lennon had to say about that.
“The titles always get better because the next one is the most important one. My first title will always be special, but to have back to back titles as manager is great. There are not many who get the opportunity to manage Celtic and there are not many who have won titles, so to have two is a great privilege. It means more as a manger because of all the preparation. You’re bringing players in, developing them and being there for all the games. As the captain, I did that twice with great pride, and those were very good moments as well, but i think you take more personal satisfaction when the players win the championship for you and in the way that they do it. We’ve had a great season, on and off the field, and the progression we’ve made over the past three years has been very pleasing.”
Does that sound to you like he might be tempted away?
Or does it sound like a man with a long term plan?
Everton are not a wealthy club, and there last boss, who they regarded as a hero, didn’t actually win anything, and they’ve never been in the UCL. Perhaps they like it that way, but they don’t come across as an ambitious club.
And they wear blue, which is enough to put anyone off.
Steve Mouyokolo is on trial with Celtic at the moment. The defender is available for free after he left Wolves in January. He has been injured a lot, and is cheap, so he fits the bill at Celtic. Danny McGrain didn’t seem overly excited by him, when he said;
“He’s here until the end of the week. He doesn’t look strong but he’s tall with a good physique. He’s not a Bobo Balde type. But we haven’t had a game situation yet, defending corners and free kicks.”
Alex Thomson is bursting at the seams trying to get his latest story out, which he says will “break new ground”. He’s giving no clues as to what its about, but when added to Keith Jackson-who always has his finger on the pulse-saying on Talksport he expected more news on Sevco next week, there is definitely something in the air. Something that doesn’t smell too good.
The internal inquiry into ownership and who is pals with who is expected to report any day soon, and whilst a whitewash is expected by most of us, it would probably have happened by now if that was indeed the case.
Reading between the lines, they more likely have discovered something they cannot hide, and are currently working out what to do about it.
They could, of course, try telling the truth, but since no-one over there has any idea how to do that, that option will have been ruled out.
Another former Celt, ex defender John Hughes has been sacked by Hartlepool after just six months. Hartlepool were bottom of League One when he took the job, and seemed to like it there, and next season they will be in League Two.
Anyway, forget about all the managerial moves for now. Its jelly and ice cream time again tomorrow, so don’t let anyone spoil it for you. Thats what they want , you see.
Its been a funny old year in the league, with teams raising their game against Celtic, instead of just plonking ten men in defence. The title has been earned, and finally we can get the trophy, and have another great day out.
PS interesting fact about Everton. Only managers who have played for the club have actually won trophies.
PPS we hear that an excited Ally McCoist leapt to answer his phone yesterday, only to be asked if he’d been missold PPI.
Whats going on here?