Lennon had backed Strachan idea

24 November 2011 08:16

Neil Lennon admits he was all for the idea of bringing former Hoops boss Gordon Strachan back to Parkhead to help him.

Strachan was approached in September with a view to returning in a mentoring role to Lennon, who is in his first managerial post.

And Lennon spoke candidly about the request for help, saying: "I'm still a young manager learning my way and sometimes it is good to lean on somebody who has been in the trenches before and there is no better man than Gordon but we just couldn't get that done."

He added: "I'm only a year and a bit into the job. It's a huge job and my backroom staff are also inexperienced in the job. I think we've done very well in the job so far but you always look to do better.

"I'm not averse still to maybe having an old head in and around the place now and again.

"Obviously the more experience I gather myself the need is lessened but I don't have all the answers.

"He is still there for a phone call and when you are talking to him you feel as if you are living through him. He knows exactly how you are feeling and the scenarios that crop up.

"You think sometimes you are on your own in this job but other people have been through the exact same feelings.

"But the Gordon thing was dead and buried a long time ago so I don't know why the story has cropped up now. It was two months ago so it is ancient history as far as I'm concerned

"At the minute it is not on the agenda or on the horizon."

Source: PA

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