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Managerial search still on
Published : 28 May 2010 21:36:07
Peter Lawwell is not going to be bounced into making another misjudgement. Neil Lennon has admitted he may need an "older head to bounce ideas off" if he is appointed Celtic boss on a permanent basis. Caretaker Lennon remains the favourite to land the job, with chief executive Peter Lawwell telling a meeting with supporters on Thursday night he hoped to make an announcement about the club's new manager within "the next week or two". Lennon's lack of coaching experience might count against him but the 38-year-old would be more than happy to be assisted by a mentor figure at Parkhead. He told the meeting of 500 fans convenedat Parkhead's Kerrydale Suite: "If I do get the job, maybe I would like an older head to bounce ideas off. It is a possibility if the outcome is positive." Leading Celtic Trust figure Eddie Toner won approval from the floor when he called for Lennon to be appointed immediately. He told Lawwell: "The empty seats at Parkhead are alarming. I think you will have a very hard job selling season tickets. I can't put my faith in (chairman) John Reid, (major shareholder) Dermot Desmond or you. But if the club was to come out and appoint Neil Lennon tomorrow, he will be cheered down London Road." Lawwell resisted the impassioned call for Lennon to be appointed immediately, despite his 100% league record since taking temporary charge in March. He said: "We are going through a selection process which Neil is fully involved in. If we gave Neil Lennon the job after the Hearts game because we liked him, that would have been the wrong thing to do. But if he gets the job, it is because he is the best man for it. However, it is taking a bit longer than we thought. Bear with us. We should see something in the next week or two."