Chris Sutton believes former team-mate Neil Lennon should have stepped down as Celtic boss back in November and warns ‘sleeping’ club they are not ‘out of the woods’ yet despite Northern Irishman resigning this week
- Neil Lennon resigned as Celtic boss this week after two years in the role
- The Scottish Premiership champions trail current leaders Rangers by 18 points
- Lennon’s final game in charge was a defeat by Ross County last weekend
- Chris Sutton believes Lennon should have resigned after their League Cup tie
Neil Lennon should have resigned from his post as Celtic boss after they were bundled out of the Scottish League Cup by Ross County in November, according to Chris Sutton.
Lennon stepped down as manager earlier this week with the club’s bid to seal a record 10th league title in tatters, trailing rivals and Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers by 18 points.
Lennon took charge for a second spell at Parkhead in February 2019 when Brendan Rodgers left and led the club to two titles, two Scottish Cups and a League Cup.
Neil Lennon should have resigned as Celtic boss in November, according to Chris Sutton
Celtic’s bid for a record 10th title in a row is in tatters, as they trail Rangers by 18 points
But having slumped to defeat at Ross County last weekend, Lennon resigned with fans voicing their anger once more this season.
However, it was the shock home cup defeat by the same opposition in November which Sportsmail columnist Sutton – who has warned the club they are not ‘out of the woods’ yet – believes should have signalled the end for his former Celtic team-mate.
‘This was bound to happy, Neil stepping down. It should’ve happened months ago,’ Sutton told BT Sport.
Sutton was Lennon’s team-mate at Celtic during a successful era for the Parkhead outfit
‘Celtic have been sleeping this season. There’s been a lack of leadership all throughout the club and its a massive problem and they are not out of the woods just because Neil has stepped down.
‘Many Celtic fans think Neil was selfish by carrying on. Neil thought he could turn it round. On the face of it I thought Neil should’ve stepped down after the defeat against Ross County in the cup. I think that was back in November.
‘But now Celtic have to look forward and think about next season. The truth of the matter is that a new manager coming into Celtic, if he’s appointed in June, if he has to work with this current squad then God help him.’
But he claims the Northern Irishman should have left after the cup defeat by Ross County
Lennon’s assistant John Kennedy – who claimed Lennon will be ‘relieved’ after his reign came to an end – has taken charge on a temporary basis for the time being but is among the favourites to land the role full-time.
Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and Frank Lampard – who was sacked by Chelsea last month – have also been linked with the Celtic hotseat.
West Ham boss David Moyes however has ruled himself out of a return to the club, having taken the Premier League side to fourth in the table.
Lennon’s assistant John Kennedy has taken charge of the club on a temporary basis