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Neil Lennon in frame for Everton job

09/05/2013 | Comments (139)
With seemingly each major paper finding a different name to tout as the replacement for David Moyes, The Daily Express claims it can exclusively reveal that Everton will make a shock move for Celtic manager Neil Lennon when David Moyes confirms he is quitting the Goodison Park club.

It is supposedly 'understood' that SPL title-winner Lennon has jumped to the top of the Toffees' wanted list along with Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez.

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Stuart Gray
680 Posted 09/05/2013 at 07:53:28
No NO and please god NO.
Phil Sammon
682 Posted 09/05/2013 at 07:55:14
And more NO's
Tony J Williams
691 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:02:18
You can add my no too.
Ian Smith
693 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:03:55
John House
697 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:07:04
For that reason I'm, er..........NO.
Mick Fleming
698 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:06:26
Please accept this post as my official NO! Silly season is upon us.
Ken Crowther
704 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:10:28
I'd rather have Steve Round!

(That's a joke, I'd rather have nobody)

Chester Barnes
706 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:11:30
nae thanks pal
Steve Guy
711 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:14:38
He's got red hair and we care ?
Ray Roche
714 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:17:18
NO! But the thing that worries me is that the choice will no doubt me made by Soft Lad Kenwright, a man who's previous choice was that managerial god Megson, and also a man who looked shell shocked at the realisation that Moyes might actually be leaving to become Fergusons successor, something that the world and his wife have been a pretty much aware of for months. How can this idiot be in charge of our club? He appears to be a person in need of a carer, someone who struggles to remember to put one foot in front of the other in order to make some sort progress on a footpath.
Robbie Shields
716 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:23:57
This is all guess work, if there is one thing we've learned today is that Kenwright wasn't expecting Moyes to leave, so why would anyone think we had a list of targets all lined up??????
Robbie Shields
719 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:26:29
Oh, and it's a No from me too!!!
Mick Fleming
720 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:26:59
Robbie do you really believe that Kenwright didn't know? With regards Lennon I am officially a member of LOB without him even being here!
Mark Palmer
721 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:28:05
Nooooooo! Or Naaaaaayyyyyyy! Please god no!
Stan Sheppard
723 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:31:28
From a fellow countryman.... no, no, no, please god no. Hes awful.
Mike Green
726 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:26:42
Robbie #716 - you're right it does look like Kenwright wasn't expecting him to leave, and doesn't have a shred of a plan in place either, which if the case is frankly scandalous - inept and arrogant in equal measure.
Robbie Shields
729 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:28:54
LOL, sign me up Mick, luckily I've just resigned from the MOB :)

Yes, I really believe he didn't know (I may be wrong of course, but it's what I believe) based on my belief that Kenwright isn't really all there, appears to be very gullible and because Moyes would've kept his cards very close to his chest (IMHO). One thing you definitely can say about Moyes is that he isn't stupid. I believe Moyes knew there was a very good chance of this happening and why he kept his options open, as an employee I would have done the same thing and you can't blame him for that. Would I tell my current employer I was thinking of leaving for a bigger Company and prospects???? Nope, not until I'd got a job offer in my hand.

In fact, I've done the same thing on many occasions, would I do it to Everton? Of course not, that's because I'm an Evertonian and will be till the day I die. Was Moyes?

Ray Roche
732 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:37:11
John Crawley
735 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:36:45
No! The main problem with Moyes's replacement is that Kenwright is in charge of it. He went for Moyes on Walter Smith's advice, so the question might be - who has Moyes recommended!
Steve Ferns
738 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:40:28
Just get Bielsa in. Best manager of the last 20 years.
Shaun Brennan
740 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:39:40
Robbie Shields
741 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:39:08
Mike, I agree 100%. The REALLY BIG issue now is making sure that we get a manager who can take us forward, in the Everton style (Traditional style that is), entertain etc. etc.

We as fans need to be heard and hopefully influence the selection process, I feel a big role for ToffeeWeb over the next few weeks.

Robbie Shields
743 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:43:55
Where is Christine Foster when you need her?????

Christine, penny for your thoughts.

Mick Fleming
746 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:42:24
Good point that Robbie. I will sign you up for LOB or after seeing Mark Hughes on SSN then it can be HOB, Benitez no or BOB. Hope its not our Phil as that would be NOB! How about a joint role of Hughes and Neville we could have HOB NOB! I have to agree with Ray though KOB.
Chris Wilson
749 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:49:34
Who ever comes in will be "unpopular" I'd rather have Lennon than Martinez at least he's been at a "big club" in a small league not a sh!t club in a massive one
Robbie Shields
758 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:52:36
Mick, to be fair, if we did get Lennon I'd back him 100% and I'd give him at least a couple of years, just like I did Moyes; and I'd hope every Evertonian would.

After a couple of years I'd have enough information to decide whether I was in the LOB or the Lennon Apologists group, same as everyone else...... I hope.

James Stewart
767 Posted 09/05/2013 at 09:04:25
No thanks!
Dave Lynch
775 Posted 09/05/2013 at 08:59:43
What makes anyone think a manager with ambition will come to us ?

Any manager with ambition will want money to spend and we havn't got any, end of.

The Laudrups etc of this world will know the restraints Moyes worked under and wont touch the job with a barge pole and who can blame them.

This. ' We are Everton, we are massive......' will not wash when Bill outlines to candidates the state of financial affairs at the club, we are fucked and I think Bill knows that without Moyes so is he.

I honestly expect an internal appointment and a really shitty season next season, I also expect Moyes to take Baines with him and possibly Fella.

Either way it's gonna be very interesting.

Tom Hughes
780 Posted 09/05/2013 at 09:14:54
Problem is... we can barely afford to give any new manager any time. We are on the bones of our arse and operate on s knife edge even when best of the rest. Any drop off in league placing could be catastrophic for us. If we don't get this right first time there might be no fallback.
Liam Reilly
787 Posted 09/05/2013 at 09:28:41
Please god not this guy. His style of football is shocking and no doubt he's bring Samaras with him.


Trevor Thompson
790 Posted 09/05/2013 at 09:34:16
No, nay, never!
Geoff Trenner
807 Posted 09/05/2013 at 09:54:25
Peter Reid please
Peter Moore
831 Posted 09/05/2013 at 10:17:24
Peter Reid for me too.
He would have been no.1 choice 11 years ago but he was so heavily involved and doing so well at Sunderland at the time.
I know that a lots happened since then but I still think he'd be the right kind of guy for now.
I could see a fancy Dan foreigner getting it completely wrong. Tippy tappy, no atmosphere, just not Goodison Park!
Tim Welsh
850 Posted 09/05/2013 at 10:44:25
Just some other names that have passed through my mind since last night...

Steve Clarke ?

Malky Mackay ?
Ferguson...Duncan, not Alex.
Got to admit...I'm scared.

Sean Picton
906 Posted 09/05/2013 at 11:48:21
Most people on hear are forgetting that we will probably sell Baines and Felli, to Man Utd, and generate money for the next manager - god forbid but I think it will happen. Jags might also go with Moyes. £40-50mil in the bank - to the bank?
Scott Hamilton
913 Posted 09/05/2013 at 11:53:33
Peter Reid???!!!

FFS! It's 2013 not 2000!

While we're at it, what's Andy Gray up to?!

Ross Norman
922 Posted 09/05/2013 at 11:58:51
Neil Lennon is a definite NO! I would prefer that we don’t employ a washed up British/Irish manager (O'Neill, Hughes, etc.) or a manager who has seen recent success (Mackay, Lennon) for the job, as I believe that will only see the club stagnate then eventually struggling as we did in the 90s.

When the Everton board finally decide to draw up a plan for the post-Moyes era, I’d like to see some ambition. But as others have predicted this probably won’t happen. However in the case that there is some ambition shown. A manager with a winning mentality or at least someone who can build a team to entertain the fans and sell-out Goodison every home game is what is needed.

As everyone has done already putting forward their preferred candidates here are mine:

Marcelo Bielsa – Attacking football innovator who can work on a low budget.
Vítor Pereira – Won the Primeira Liga last season with Porto and are so far unbeaten this season.
Frank de Boer – Three Eredivisie Titles in the last three seasons.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - Two league titles in Norway with attacking football.
Roberto Di Matteo – Experience managing in England, Champions League winner.

Kevin Hudson
927 Posted 09/05/2013 at 12:12:27
Phil Neville 7-1 according to Sky Bet...

Can I be the first to openly declare myself a NOB..?!

Harold Matthews
929 Posted 09/05/2013 at 12:12:06
I'm too old for all this stuff. You guys are scaring the hell out of me. All I want is someone like Fergie.
Danny Lizars
936 Posted 09/05/2013 at 12:25:56
No way! He's shite!
Kev Prytherch
962 Posted 09/05/2013 at 13:01:38
Now that Moyes is pretty much gone.......
Lyndon or Michael - Can we have a poll on the next Everton Manager. Might be interesting instead of just reading comments.
Maybe even a 1st 2nd and 3rd choice if the polls can do that????
Kev Johnson
967 Posted 09/05/2013 at 13:04:41
Good idea, Kev P. I second that motion. A TW Next Manager poll, please.
Kev Prytherch
973 Posted 09/05/2013 at 13:03:12
Just to throw my thoughts into the hat

I'd love to see Stubbs given an opportunity....

If not I'd take Martinez or possibly Clarke.

Duncan Ferguson would be a laugh, especially in the big games.

Tony Onslow
984 Posted 09/05/2013 at 13:04:32
Martinez seems a decent sort of guy who likes to try an play decent football,, but, having watched Everton for over 60 years, my "gut reaction" tells me hes not the man for the job. He,d be ok in a calm sea but don't think he coulld handle the ship in a gale plus the fact he can,, at his present club, depend on his chairman to supply a few bob when needed. As for Lennon or Neville, well enoughs already been sed in the previous comments. Bring in Alan Stubbs I think, if hes given a chance, could keep the good ship Everton on a steady course. As for finanical backing, goodness knows were that will come from.
David Holroyd
992 Posted 09/05/2013 at 13:17:33
Peter Reid great player but crap manager. Gus Poyet has done a great job at Brighton, Laudrup would be good. Someone who has continental ideas would be good,not the same crap managers doing the circuits.
Patrick Nolan
023 Posted 09/05/2013 at 12:48:58
Kenwright needs to go.

What Moyes has achieved on the field for 10 years has disguised his failings as a chairman and the ineptitude of the entire board.

We will undoubtedly struggle under any new manager who has to sell to buy and maybe then the happy clappers who cheer BK at Goodison every home game will finally be quiet.

Sam Hoare
024 Posted 09/05/2013 at 13:52:40
Suicide watch- Lennon, Hughes, Mackay, Neville, Round

Erm, ok then- Martinez, Steve Clarke, Poyet, Lambert

Yes, now we're talking- Laudrup, Pereira, Montanier, Bilic

Now, I'm really exited- Bielsa, Pellegrini, Mourinho, Jorge Jesus

Nick Entwistle
027 Posted 09/05/2013 at 14:00:12
Sam, have no idea on this Jorge Jesus but the pronunciation is great - hor-hay hey-zus.
Sam Hoare
031 Posted 09/05/2013 at 14:10:01
Nick, that alone is worth appointing him for.
David Chait
035 Posted 09/05/2013 at 14:07:43
Ok We found him.. this is why we don't want Martinez:
Athletic Bilbao's striker Fernando Llorente said in an interview "At first he seems tough and he may even annoy you with his persistence and don't-take-no-for-an-answer resilience, but in the end he is a genius. he convinces you to keep working and running and it can be seen in his teams' games and practices. He knows more than anyone in the world, he is elite. Once you get used to him you love him."[27] Barcelona's Pep Guardiola called him the "best manager in the world" in 2012.[28] 3–3–1–3 is his signature formation.

David Chait
036 Posted 09/05/2013 at 14:14:28
57 already though.
Harold Matthews
038 Posted 09/05/2013 at 13:51:25
How will Kenwright approach his most important decision in 11 years? Last night, after his 2 hour meeting with Moyes, he looked pretty shaken and he was definitely not acting. To we Evertonians it's all deadly serious but to BK and his mates it's much more than that. The wrong manager could cost them millions. Moyes will have given him names but few will be available and we may be forced into paying conpensation.
Nick Entwistle
041 Posted 09/05/2013 at 14:16:11
Jags Heitinga Distin

Coleman Gibson Baines


Mirallas Jelavic Pienaar

Think that would work David? Then again you can see I'm already looking forward to the day Fellaini is no where near a forward position.

David Chait
042 Posted 09/05/2013 at 14:17:25
Pellegrini's CV is just as impressive... These are next level managers. Sam .. spot on summary... surprised noone is throwing in Steve Bruce or Mick McCarthy... every name so far is pure speculation.. no doubt the press are just trawling websites and pulling out the latest name thrown in the hat... makes us think the crap we spewing actually has merit.
Ben Jones
047 Posted 09/05/2013 at 14:20:57
Can I ask who is this Montanier bloke? Never heard of him.

Preferences: anybody other than Hughes, O'Neill, Neville, Curbishley, Peter Reid, Walter Smith, Steve Round, Bruce

David Chait
055 Posted 09/05/2013 at 14:21:26
or the starting 11 for that matter Nick...
Nick Entwistle
057 Posted 09/05/2013 at 14:34:12
Sold him to fund my own wages.
Michael Parrington
062 Posted 09/05/2013 at 14:33:31
I hope we say no to Lennon (great name for a club in Liverpool though eh?) and Martinez as he is crap! Hughes haha please god nooooo.

I have no idea who will be good enough to at least keep us in the league with no money though! Much as watching a Moyes team frustrated the crap out of me at least I had no fear of watching us in div 2 or whatever the hell that division is called now...

Peter Laing
099 Posted 09/05/2013 at 14:51:00
With the imminent departure of David Moyes to Manchester United and the news emanating from the media regarding Rooney wanting away from Manchester would the following scenario be unlikely – Alan Stubbs appointed as Manager with Duncan Ferguson as his assistant with Kevin Sheedy installed as Director of Football.

Their first acquisition would be Wayne Rooney, brought back with funds generated from the sale of Marouane Fellaini with the wages freed up from his salary and those saved on Phil Neville's contract. Call me a dreamer, championship manager mode or naive but the prospect of going into next season with such a lift would certainly raise my spirits at the moment.

Tony X Williams
115 Posted 09/05/2013 at 14:54:06
No way do we want Lennon, he has no class whatsoever.
Terry McLavey
287 Posted 09/05/2013 at 15:58:43
I think we've had our fair share of "quality" transfers from north of the border; let someone else have a go!
Steve Mink
317 Posted 09/05/2013 at 16:07:48


Rob Lea
354 Posted 09/05/2013 at 16:10:21
Not for me, Neil Lennon... but what about Danny Lennon?

Currently the St Mirren boss, he's kept them up on virtually no budget, won the Scottish League Cup and also has a couple of promotions under his belt.

When I've seen them play on ESPN, they've looked like a good, attractive side and he's credited with a top to bottom overhaul of the club including playing staff, coaching staff and the whole approach and philosophy.

A huge step up? Yes. But then so was Preston NE to Everton.

Ray Roche
376 Posted 09/05/2013 at 16:27:55
Peter Laing @99

You're a dreamer.

Patrick Murphy
454 Posted 09/05/2013 at 17:14:45
He's from Glasgow he played for us and is on the current staff, I'm surprised nobody has mentioned him - admittedly I got the idea from GOT headlines - Alan Irvine - If it was an in-house appointment I'd prefer him to Duncan or Phil Neville.
Steve Edwards
460 Posted 09/05/2013 at 17:18:38
Nasty little thug, surely not.
Oliver Molloy
474 Posted 09/05/2013 at 17:22:11
Hey Steve Edwards — what makes Lennon a "nasty little thug" in your words?
Terry Myers
495 Posted 09/05/2013 at 17:36:58
Why not Lennon?

Why Martinez?

Dick Brady
519 Posted 09/05/2013 at 18:21:17
Moyes and Kenwright had a 2-hour meeting the other day. I bet you within that 2-hour meeting Kenwright asked Moyes for advice on his successor.

I would not be surprised if Moyes gave Kenwright a list of names and I have a feeling one of those names will be named Everton boss.

Ray Said
526 Posted 09/05/2013 at 18:29:30
Diego Simeone has done a great job at Athletico Madrid-a very good player in his own right, his team play really good football, they press and attack at full pelt and Goodison is crying out for that. Hard to attract him though as he has steered Athletico into 3 rd place in Spain and has CL football for next year. Rumored to be on 2.5 mill Euro per year so we could tempt him with almost doubling his wages.He is the fans favourite for the Inter Milan job should they change coach at the end of this season.
Ray Robinson
582 Posted 09/05/2013 at 19:15:45
Lennon? Please God, no. I'd rather have Ringo Starr.
Ged Simpson
602 Posted 09/05/2013 at 19:29:22
Just looked at Lennon on Wiki - says "Lennon has spoken about having suffered from depression since 2000"


Ross Edwards
605 Posted 09/05/2013 at 19:31:55
Depression? More like severe anger issues.
John Ford
616 Posted 09/05/2013 at 19:33:19
Oh god spare us..........and there will be months of this.

A bit of thought , a bit of creativity,

Mike Powell
637 Posted 09/05/2013 at 19:44:33
NO NO NO NO .How about Steve Clarke he has done a good job at WBA
Tommy Hesketh
639 Posted 09/05/2013 at 19:49:22
Ross Yeah that could work although getting Doddy out the Freshy may be. Problem.

my own favourite got to be Tony Marsh only to see him headbut Billy BS when he tells him the transfer kitty's ring fenced.

Tommy Hesketh
647 Posted 09/05/2013 at 19:52:47
On. Serious note, money is on Lennon coming in, 4/5 at W Hill 6/4 on P Power from 5/1 earlier.
Mark Frere
674 Posted 09/05/2013 at 20:09:40
I think which ever manager Kenwright appoints, he will be British, wont have much glamour, will be uninspiring and will be what BK see's as a safe pair of hands. We got lucky last time he did that, this time we might not be so lucky!
Ronan Miller
685 Posted 09/05/2013 at 20:33:44
My God that would be an absolute travesty!!!!! LENNON???????
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Alex Kociuba
690 Posted 09/05/2013 at 20:37:21
Lennon now clear favourite across the board; best price 5/2. Shit.
Gary Poole
694 Posted 09/05/2013 at 20:43:45
Please not him. No class, no dignity - just a yard dog
Sean Patton
713 Posted 09/05/2013 at 20:57:48
If Lennon does get it you just know it's because Moyes has recommended him as part of the the old boys Scots network.

Grow some balls Kenwright and pick your own man!

Andy Crooks
714 Posted 09/05/2013 at 20:54:46
I don't want Lennon for manger because I think we could do better. Some of the comments above, however, are ill-informed and unfair. If he should become manager I'd wager all I could afford on us winning at Anfield next season.

Neil Lennon has endured more pressure than any football man I know of and he has courage ,passion and dignity. His record in Europe is excellent and his record stands up to that of David Moyes quite easily.He is a winner.

James Carlisle
717 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:02:43
No no please no! Dont do utd and replace a scotsman with a scotsman. We need class and flair.
Mike Rourke
718 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:02:18
Moyes leaves, Lennon favourite to replace him and that new badge is imminent.


Barry Rathbone
720 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:01:40
Don't know much about Lennon except he threatened to chin the manager of their city rivals and beat Barcelona..... doesn't sound too bad to me.

Suspect there's more to the resounding and slightly manic "NO!!" than football matters at play here.

Phil Sammon
727 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:13:42
Duffy would welcome this one at least.
Peter Jones
735 Posted 09/05/2013 at 20:56:54
Hold on. Let's be real for a second. Why is Neil Lennon such a bad candidate? All I know is that he's won his league 2 years running, lifted the cup, and beat BARCELONA in the Champions League with a vastly inferior squad, going on to advance to the round of 16. When we hired Moyes, he was a fucking manager in the championship trying to achieve double promotion. It would be like hiring Nigel Adkins. Oh wait, Nigel actually did better than Moyes and achieved double promotion into the prem with Southampton. Yet everyone is going on about Lennon being crap despite him having 20 times the credentials of Moyes when he took the Everton job.

Lennon in SPL: 89 wins 15 draws 16 losses (2 titles in 3 years)
Cups: 20 wins 2 draws 5 losses (1 title in 3 years)
Europe: 10 wins 5 draws 9 losses (Round of 16 in CL)

Say what you want about whether you don't like his attitude or him being a ginger, but the dude wins. A lot. Not to mention we are most certainly losing Fellaini in the summer and that Victor Wanyama guy he manages would look pretty damn good in our midfield as his replacement. Not saying he's my favorite. But I'm not going to shriek with fear at our future if he's appointed.

Karl Masters
739 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:14:44
I thought he was Irish, not Scottish whoever it was banging on about old boy Scottish networking
Kevin Tully
741 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:34:00
I'll tell you who no-one has mentioned, but would be considered by our Board - Owen Coyle. Another please God no for me.
Barry Rathbone
742 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:35:29
Peter Jones, good post.
Mark Frere
743 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:30:45
Peter Jones
The SPL is such a challenging league for Celtic, the teams capable of winning it are : Celtic and................
Paul Gladwell
745 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:38:07
Hated this chav for years please NO
Patrick Murphy
751 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:34:07
He was a Northern Ireland international Karl and he does have some things in his favour, for a start he knows what it's like to manage a big city club with local rivals, he has had to work on a tight budget and he is a very passionate bloke. On the negative side he may be too abrasive for our club he is operating in a league where it is easier to win matches and he has no experience of the PL as a manager., But he is young although relatively inexperienced but I would not be averse to him taking over the reins As with any successor he will be a risk, but it all depends on what BK wants.

Ian Bennett
752 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:42:51
10 points for anyone who can name three other SPL managers without searching the net?

Lennon, I'd rather Ringo.

Clive Lewis
754 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:45:23
NO NO and thrice NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mike Rourke
756 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:48:59
Errr, Jock Stein, Ali McCoist aaaaaaaaaand that bloke with the eyes and nose...
Peter Jones
758 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:44:18
Mark. You still have to win the games mate. If you can take THAT team out of the group stage of the CL, obviously you know what you are doing. One could easily argue that our 2012-13 Everton squad is superior to Lennon's Celtic. I don't see Moyes beating Barcelona with Manchester United, let alone with a team like Everton or Celtic. I don't see how you can downplay such an achievement by pointing out that the SPL is weak. If it was so weak, Celtic would have lost all their CL games and been done with. But they didn't. They beat one of the greatest teams ever and it was 18 year old Tony Watt that hit the winner! Can you imagine Moyes putting on an 18 year old in the CL??????? His balls aren't big enough for that. I for one admire a manager that is willing to give the kids a shot. They just might surprise you every once in awhile.
Patrick Murphy
759 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:51:12
Stuart McCall and Terry Butcher and err... erm don't know and I'm not even sure about Terry Butcher
Al Reddish
760 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:51:24
Its all over talksport Pip has been offered and accepted the job. Might explain how Jags was made next years captain last week.
Patrick Murphy
762 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:54:51
Al you are joking right! Come on it has to be a wind-up FFS not Pip, what is this club's obsession with all things Man U.
Paul David
764 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:56:00

If that is true then someone will die.

Al Reddish
767 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:56:38
No joke mate. Apparently one of Collymores insiders have told him. Probably shit but he got the Ferguson leaving and Moyes in right on Monday before everyone else caught up yesterday.
Mike Rourke
771 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:58:24

Please don't be true.

I really don't think shouting 'Fuck Off Neville' for another 5 years would be good for my sanity.

If Lennon is appointed I will roll my eyes, take a deep breath and recite the mantra 'At least it wasn't Pip'.

Patrick Murphy
773 Posted 09/05/2013 at 22:01:18
If it is true I'll have to cancel my trip to Goodison for the 'Great Seats Released Event' I was only going to see what the view was like in the Managers seat waste of time if Pip already has it booked. But what a time to have a campaign with that title! I wonder what colour the sticker on Moyes' seat was I bet it was Red and Black.

On Saturday 25 May, supporters will be able to see which spots in the stadium are still available for 2013/14 Season Tickets.

Between the hours of 9am and 4pm, Evertonians can check out the seats - marked with stickers - with the ability to secure them there and then

Barry Rathbone
774 Posted 09/05/2013 at 22:02:40
Neville makes sense... Moyes sacked in a year they'll have the apprentice blooded at their feeder club (us) ready to step in.
Jim Boyle
775 Posted 09/05/2013 at 22:04:46
Please be kind I've been reading these forums for years but just logged in for th first time.

I'm a Glaswegian blue, Rangers and Everton, who travels down for as many games as I can manage, around 12 a season.

I have one word to say to the Lennon rumour. Noooooooooooo

Laudrup would be a great choice in my opinion, his brother being, in my opinion the best player I have ever seen play in the flesh, but I cannot see him leaving Swansea to come to Merseyside as I think he is a possible future Barca or even Madrid manager in the making.

I would like to throw another idea not sure if anyone has mentioned... A certain other little battling ex blue, Stuart McCall, he has done wonders up here for Motherwell, seems to have a fantastic knack of getting the best out of decent but not great players and has turned a former Crewe, Falkirk and St Mirren player into this years player of the year in Scotland.

Off back to the pub now to continue celebrating Moyes leaving ... I'm defo one of the MOB

Sean Patton
776 Posted 09/05/2013 at 22:06:13
Haha it was we who coined the old scots club remark my mistake with Lennon but I will just back track and say no more ginger managers with Celtic connections!
Sean Picton
780 Posted 09/05/2013 at 22:07:40
I'm sure Neville will be going to Man Utd as Moyes will surround himself with people who know the club. I think we should take note that some of the bookies are refusing to take bets on Lennon becoming the next manager. We might actually win a derby with him. I wouldnt be suprised if his appointment was sorted weeks ago and will be announced tomorrow or Saturday. Moyes would probably have had an input on his replacement also, I bet.
Sean Patton
782 Posted 09/05/2013 at 22:09:07
the royal we meaning me it has been a long day and if the story about Lennon is true it will only get worse. As for Neville he hasn't got his badges yet so it must be a wind up.
Patrick Murphy
783 Posted 09/05/2013 at 22:06:40
Change of badge. change of manager can we change our name and play in Red and nobody will know it's us! Maybe that's BK's master plan when the baliff's come knocking, "No this isn't Everton FC they left years ago"....BK dressed in a blonde wig and covered in cheap make-up "Bill who no...sorry dear I've never heard of him, I heard a rumour that he moved to Manchester, yeah Scottish bloke, shifty eyes I think that's who your looking for'

Eugene Ruane
792 Posted 09/05/2013 at 22:05:45
Lennon, one narky nasty bastard.

Has a big mouth, would be all over refs and would have no respect for other managers or other teams.

Everton could soon find themselves unpopular with the media and supporters of other teams.

We could end up with our players developing a nasty edge to their play and developing a bit of an 'us against the world' 'win at all costs' mentality'

If I'm right, he'd get my vote.

Mark Frere
793 Posted 09/05/2013 at 21:54:57
Peter Jones 758
Celtic finished second in the group stages of CL and beat Barcelona, which I don't think they'd do again if they played them another 100 times, that's six games Celtic played and they only won half of them. Don't forget the humiliating drubbing at the hands of Juventus in the last 16. The fact Celtic have lost 16 times in the SPL while Lennon has been in charge is pretty poor and Rangers weren't even in the SPL this year
Brent Stephens
798 Posted 09/05/2013 at 22:23:37
Neil Lennon now ahead of Martinez on all the bookies on here:
Kevin Tully
799 Posted 09/05/2013 at 22:24:11
Does anyone think Moyes has partly been chosen because Fergie still wants a big say in first team affairs?

Whereas another big name would tell Fergie to go and have his Horlicks upstairs - Moyes will bow down to whatever the master has to say?

Phil Sammon
801 Posted 09/05/2013 at 22:23:04
Lennon, Neville and FUCKING Hughes are my three worst nightmares - I haven't even thought about Round yet.

What a shite summer this will be!

Brendan McLaughlin
806 Posted 09/05/2013 at 22:28:41
Errr Kevin #799
If Fergie "still wants a big say in first team affairs"...bear with me cos this one is a bit of "outside the box" thinking but I'm guessing he wouldn't have retired?
Kevin Tully
813 Posted 09/05/2013 at 22:37:46
It can be a little tough on a 71 year old running a P.L. club Brendan. Especially as he is in work at 6.30 every morning, and is going to have a hip replacement.
Patrick Murphy
814 Posted 09/05/2013 at 22:29:36
Phil It'll probably end up being a massive hit on Chinese TV :-

'Everton - Can You Manage It' ' The search for a new manager continues a 13 part epic that is both educational and humourous , Watch Steve Round, Phil Neville, Neil Lennon, Mark Hughes and a whole host of up and coming managers are put through their paces, empathise as they hit their heads with their palms as Naismith plays another misplaced pass, see their cries of anguish as Jelavic is caught offside for the third time in 2 minutes and laugh as Victor the massive bloke falls to the floor in pain after breaking one of his finger nails. Fun for all the family a must watch for all lovers of Caching the beer that is cheap but breathtakingly powerful.

Peter Jones
816 Posted 09/05/2013 at 22:35:27
Mark. Celtic narrowly lost in injury time away to Barcelona at the Nou Camp 2-1. They won the reverse fixture 2-1. So they were dead even under Lennon with a much worse team. These are the facts. These events occurred. Your argument is non existent. "Well if they played 100 times..." Seriously? They don't though. Just give the man credit for playing Barcelona tough twice and winning once in the Champions League. People are so quick to shit on the accomplishments of guys that actually win things and then make a million excuses for David Moyes when he came up short time and time again. It's baffling.
Jamie Crowley
824 Posted 09/05/2013 at 22:32:40
Barry says:

"Suspect there's more to the resounding and slightly manic "NO!!" than football matters at play here."

Yep. Nail. Head.

Beat Barcelona. Through the group stages. Takes no shit at all. Capitulations at Analfield? - would never, ever happen with Lennon at the helm.

He's not my #1 choice, but I'd not be disappointed in the least.

Mark Frere
826 Posted 09/05/2013 at 22:44:35
Peter Jones
What was the aggregate score against Juventus? Celtic showed they were well out of their depth. At least Moyes showed consistency over an 11 years period at Everton, in a good league like the PL, not a mickey mouse league like the SPL
Jamie Crowley
831 Posted 09/05/2013 at 22:56:08
Mark -

Sure Moyes did - by playing shit football that would bore the fuck out of anyone.

Lennon did not do that against Juve, and generally plays some decent stuff. In fact the game at Celtic Park was probably one of the most unfair score lines I've ever witnessed. Celtic actually played very well that game and played better than Juve. The refs were no help and the Celtic CB (forget name at present) had just came back from AFCON right off the plane and made 2 horrific errors resulting in Juve goals.

Moyes woulda lost 1-0 or 2-0. And we woulda all known the result before a ball was even kicked.

At least Lennon will have a go.

Peter Jones
841 Posted 09/05/2013 at 23:04:43
Mark, honestly if you aren't impressed by someone that beats Barcelona and reaches the round of 16 on a budget less than we have, how can you be impressed by David fucking Moyes? The Champions League isn't a "mickey mouse" league and the guy won against one of the greatest teams in the world in that competition.
Peter Jones
849 Posted 09/05/2013 at 23:10:05
Nobody ducks their head in shame losing a game to Juventus. They were UNDEFEATED in Serie A the season previous. Meanwhile, Moyes is blowing games against Reading, Norwich, and Wigan (to name a few) with the best squad he's ever assembled but it's cool because he's so stable and what not.
Mark Frere
863 Posted 09/05/2013 at 23:09:03
Jamie Crowley

This is the same shit manager who's just been given the job of managing one of the biggest and most successful clubs in the world. Of course it's just because he's good friends with Fergie, isn't it?

Jamie Crowley
872 Posted 09/05/2013 at 23:25:05
Mark -

Didn't say he was a shit manager. He's stupendous at putting together teams on that proverbial shoestring budget.

So pls get that straight.

But one certainly can not say he plays attractive football. In fact, it's closer to shit football that would bore the fuck out of anyone.

Noel Early
882 Posted 09/05/2013 at 23:32:17
I can only see Lennon being considered if Martinez and Laudrup decide its not for them.
Mark Frere
886 Posted 09/05/2013 at 23:29:01
I'm sure the football will be much more pleasing on the eye when Moyes has the wealth of talent to choose from at Man Utd. Other sides will have to worry about stopping Rooney, RVP and Nani, rather then the likes of Anichebe and Naismith
Jamie Crowley
903 Posted 09/05/2013 at 23:48:39
Mark -

Fair enough. We're going to go down a long boring road that's been done over 1000 times. If Moyes had any gumption he'da been able to play a hell of a lot more attractive football at Everton!

If he feels he can open it up at Man U God bless him, and isn't that a slap in the face to Felli, Baines, Distin, Seamus, Osman, Miralles, etc etc? Whether there's as much talent in our squad v theirs, is that the point?

He's safety first and he will revert to form and when he tries to protect that one goal lead at Stamford Bridge and fails the knives will come out in Manchester.

Mike Hughes
941 Posted 10/05/2013 at 00:39:11
To be fair, the express has been predicting the resurrection of princess Di for the past 5 years as well as the hottest summer / new ice age bollocks periodically. It's almost as crap as the echo (but not quite).
Andy Crooks
959 Posted 10/05/2013 at 00:53:06
Mark, Lennon wouldn't be my first choice but he is a winner. Managing Celtic is a tough job, yeah, I know any of us could do it. The performance of Lennon in the champions league was superb. Compare his budget to that of Moyes. He is a winner and there is no way on earth he will be a whipping boy for Kenwright.

I've convinced myself. Let it be Lennon and he will give Rodgers hell.

Paul Ferry
001 Posted 10/05/2013 at 02:47:19
Tim Cahill 33/1 on skybet - I hate these bastards - Roy Keane 100/1- Andy Gray 125/1 - Paul Ince 50/1 - STEVE FUCKING KEANE 50/1 - Gary Lineker 100/1, Terry Venables 100/1, Dougie fucking Freedman 50/1, NAeil Lennon 4/7 -OH NO
Jamie Crowley
008 Posted 10/05/2013 at 03:31:24
Paul I thought you were fuckin with us - Tim Cahill 33/1.

Then I looked...

You gotta be fuckin kidding me. Who in their right mind would lay a penny on that?!

Seriously, how's he even on the list!?

Clayton Harding
019 Posted 10/05/2013 at 05:10:10
Dougie Freedman deserves a look-in. A good young exciting manager with plenty of ambition... reminds me of a certain, em, er .... David Moyes perhaps.
Stephen Grady
052 Posted 10/05/2013 at 07:21:16
He is 4/7 favourite according to sky bet! Martinez next at 4-1... bookies in the know perhaps....
Christopher Wallace
187 Posted 10/05/2013 at 10:40:03
Few more facts about Lennon...

Lost cup semi-finals to St Mirren and Ross County.

Lost Cup final to Kilmarnock

Drew at home to Arbroath this season, as well as losing to Ross County, Inverness, Kilmarnock, Motherwell twice.

In trouble with SFA every other week for being a horrible c**t.

If Lennon gets mentioned for one win over Barca and a default leage title, should McCall not be more deserving for 2 wins over Celtic and a credible 2nd in the league?? Don't want either mind!

Jake Lucas
279 Posted 10/05/2013 at 12:24:33
Moyes did a great job for us, but I don't think picking a young hungry championship manager will have the same effect as it did when Moyes joined due to the difference in the position of the club now than when he joined.

We need someone who can hit the group running and has experience at the business end of the table, at first I was content with Laudrup being tagged, but at £10m compensation no thank you, I think we can all agree if we did have £10m we would be better served investing in players.

I'm not keen on Martinez, don't get me wrong he's done a great job at Wigan, but I just don't think he's the man for us.

I haven't really seen his name mentioned at all, which I'm very surprised about but I would really like to see Roberto Di Matteo given the chance, makes sense for many reasons. Mainly a) free agent so no comp fees, b) good knowledge of the english league and experience in europe, c) not that big a deal of anything but this guy also led an unfancied Chelsea team to Champions league glory last season.......I hope I can find at least 1 person who agrees with me here!!

Gavin Fennessy
290 Posted 10/05/2013 at 12:35:50
Have to say that Neil Lennon does not strike me as having the temperament or intelligence for a top Manager. The poll makes very interesting reading - Laudrup apart, there is no clear favourite. Laudrup is probably unavailable given the comments from his Agent. That leaves us with no clear favourite and several pretty unenticing options. Of those on the poll list, I think Di Matteo would be worth an interview - young, high profile and plays attacking football. Has a point to prove and knows the Premier League.

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