Neil Lennon Says He’s ‘Too Young and Too Handsome’ For Scotland Job
Neil Lennon joked that he’s ‘too young and too handsome’ to become the next Scotland manager.
The Hibs boss has been among the names mentioned on bookmakers’ lists for Gordon Strachan’s replacement.
Strachan left his role as national team boss yesterday, days after Scotland failed to secure a World Cup playoff spot.
Ultimately, two failed campaigns wasn’t good enough for the SFA or supporters – and Strachan paid the price.
And now the search is on to find his replacement – with Lennon among the bookies’ candidates for the job.
Asked about it at his press conference yesterday, Lennon, per thescottishsun.co.uk, said: “Forget it, I’m too young and too handsome for all that! It doesn’t appeal to me. I’d miss the day-to-day stuff.”
So, that’s that – Lennon won’t be the next Scotland manager.
But what does he think about the decision to relieve Strachan of his duties? The Northern Irishman doesn’t agree with it.
Lennon added: “There’s been a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth because it’s 20 years now since Scotland qualified for a major tournament. There have been a lot of good managers in that period. Berti Vogts won the Euros. We’ve had Walter Smith, Alex McLeish, George Burley, Craig Brown, Craig Levein and it didn’t work out for any of them.
“So the chopping and changing, I’m not sure it’s a great idea. It’s too simplistic to say start again after two failed campaigns.
“You know Wales didn’t qualify, Austria, Holland. I know you’ll say Northern Ireland, but they haven’t qualified yet either. Nor have the Republic with Martin. You look at the campaign over each individual game.
“They didn’t start well, but they’re undefeated in a year and there has been significant progress as well, in results and in certain individuals.”
There appears to be considerable backlash from people inside the game after Strachan’s departure.
Several Scotland players have expressed their disappointment, while Lennon’s comments come after similar opinions being expressed by Ally McCoist and members of the Scottish sports media.
What’s your view – is it right or wrong that Strachan has left Scotland?