In a brief statement earlier today, Neil Lennon announced that he had left Celtic after four years as manager. The 42-year old Northern Irishman led the club to three Scottish Premier League titles and two Scottish Cup successes in his time at Parkhead.
Lennon’s representative Martin Reilly stressed that his client “has nothing lined up” and that “he just feels now is the time to move on to the next challenge.” However, the forty two year old is believed to have been concerned by the budget at his disposal to strengthen the squad.
After the news broke, numerous Celtic fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to Lennon.
Good luck to Neil Lennon, I’m certain wherever he ends up he will be a success! Been a great servant to @celticfc as player and manager
— Malky MacKay (@MalkyMcKay) May 22, 2014
Before I can even discuss a new manager, all I can say is Neil Lennon definitely brought the thunder back to this club.
— Stand Up For Celtic (@StandForCeltic) May 22, 2014
Neil Lennon had to endure harassment from the bigots like no other Manager before him. His succcess has to be measured in that backdrop. HH
— Eddie Toner (@eddie_toner) May 22, 2014
Neil Lennon is the last Celtic manager to beat Rangers before they died. No manager can ever emulate that achievement.
— jake the snake (@celticservant) May 22, 2014
No manager in Celtic’s history has had to deal with what Neil Lennon has, Bombs & Bullets. I genuinely wish him all the best for the future
— Michael Conway (@mconway1888) May 22, 2014
Others have already begun to speculate over the Northern Irishman’s next managerial post.
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) May 22, 2014
I’d like to premptively congratulate Neil Lennon on taking Norwich up through the playoffs in 2015
— Tom Victor (@tomvictor) May 22, 2014
Logic would state that Lennon wants the West Brom job but might end up settling for Norwich?
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) May 22, 2014
However, some have already begun to cast doubts over Lennon’s managerial capabilities.
Neil Lennon to#wba ? No no no a thousand times no. I could win that league every year with #celtic if I had no team to challenge me.
— mark turner (@turner14guvnor) May 22, 2014
I feel sorry for the club that end up with Neil Lennon. No disrespect but managing Celtic must be the easiest job in football.
— The Villa Blog (@AVFCBlog) May 22, 2014
Neil Lennon sat for 3 years without a challenge and now says he needs a new challenge. He couldn’t survive a real challenge.
— SANDY JARDINE LEGEND (@RobertMcC13) May 22, 2014
In any case, it will be interesting to not only see where Lennon ends up but also who ends up replacing him at Celtic. At the time of writing, Henrik Larsson and David Moyes are two names being strongly linked with the post.