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Lennon makes plans for change
Published : 12 Apr 2010 17:58:30
Neil Lennon confirmed he has already handed the Celtic board a list of players he wants out of the club at the end of the season.
Caretaker manager Lennon refused to reveal the identities of those he has recommended to major shareholder Dermot Desmond and chief executive Peter Lawwell, but if the former Parkhead captain's behaviour during Saturday's shock Active Nation Scottish Cup semi-final defeat is anything to go by, Landry NGuemo, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Georgios Samaras may well feature on that list.
Asked if he had made his recommendation to the board, Lennon said: "Yes - but I'm not going to tell you who."
Saturday's defeat, widely regarded as one of the worst in Celtic's 123-year history, hurt Lennon's hopes of landing the manager's job on a permanent basis.
But the Northern Irishman appeared cautiously optimistic the result had not been the death knell for him, saying: "I'll be judged over the next five or six games and we'll assess it in the summer and speak to the powers that be."
He added: "I've spoken to Peter and I've spoken to Dermot.
"They're private conversations and not they're for the public consumption just yet."
Lennon did acknowledge the board "might" ultimately judge him on the one performance and that supporters may feel the same.
"I can understand the fans at the minute thinking, 'He's nowhere near ready for it, hasn't got the experience for it'," said the 38-year-old, who reiterated his desire to succeed Tony Mowbray.