It is in some ways refreshing to see the way managers stick together when one comes under fire, and in today’s football world it really doesn’t take much for that fire to light up. Neil Lennon knows this better than anyone.
It was only weeks ago after one loss, be that a very sore loss to Cluj in Champions League qualifiers that Lennon found himself under pressure. Since then the Irishman has just picked up a manager of the month award after 5 straight wins in the SPFL. One of those wins was a stroll at Ibrox.
Craig Levein will have no love from the Celtic support but Neil Lennon took time out to defend his old Edinburgh rival. Unlike Celtic, Hearts have had a horrid start to their new season.
Speaking with Football Scotland Lennon said:
“There are always knee-jerk reactions in football now. Managers are under pressure after three or four games and it’s crazy.”
“I don’t know where the thinking comes from. Last season Craig reached a cup final, a semi-final and secured the top six. He had a good season.”
“But I heard one pundit saying there had been a deterioration for a long time. It’s just complete rubbish. He’s had four or five games where he hasn’t had his best team on the pitch, he has had a couple of big players injured and, like he said last week, he’s only six points off fourth place.”
“But it’s far too early to talk about managers losing their jobs after five or six games.”
Hearts are currently sitting at the bottom of the SPFL table and will square off against Hibs tomorrow. Luckily for Levein, Hibs have had a really poor start to the new season too and there will be huge pressure on both managers not to lose tomorrow.