Neil Lennon charged following post match comments
One thing that Neil Lennon has brought into this team and instilled into every aspect of the football club is passion. As a tough tackling midfielder himself, it’s what his game revolved around as a player and his managerial style is equally if not powered by it more.
Lennon has brought much much more press attention to the club that other recent managers- not just because we have Emile Heskey and we had that old Icelandic bloke last season but because of his reputation in the game. While the likes of Dougie Freedman and Owen Coyle were exciting young managers with few blemishes on either of their CVs, Lennon is a manager who was won and won big with a big football club: Celtic. Yes, Freedman had brought Crystal Palace towards the top of the Championship in October (that could easily have turned around Blackpool style) and Owen Coyle brought an unfancied Burnley team into the Premier League and maybe could have kept them up, Neil Lennon defeated Barcelona with Celtic. I know I do go on about this in a way similar to Dave Whelan and his ‘I broke my leg in the FA Cup final’ gambit but at least this is an achievement from Lennon, and what an achievement it was too.
However, he’s faced with a much much harder task in the form of a team with a rich history, top facilities, good talent but absolutely no money. This shows when we can’t hold out against teams like QPR and have to sign 32 year old forwards who only scored four goals in League 1 last season. With that all said, he still finds a way to succeed. We’re not first in the league, but we’re pretty competitive against most teams and while the table doesn’t lie I do think we’ll turn this around and finish comfortably around mid table.
So no wonder Neil Lennon is going to get angry- there won’t be a more overtly passionate manager in the league, let alone the country. When he manages to pull off the signings of virtual unknowns for no money and bring them into the Championship and nurture them to do well and he sees referees not pulling their weight and putting all of his hard work to nothing, do his reactions surprise you?
That said though, I thought the referee was awful too but I can’t say I thought he showed bias against us- he was just pretty incompetent in all aspects. I know we don’t give refs enough credit where it’s due and it is difficult when the game is played at such as fast pace, but the standard in recent years has been worse than normal.
Fans shout at players who are under performing, so is it that bad that managers blast under performing referees?