Thursday 21 September 2017

Hughes can change Hibs' luck -- Lennon

Ronnie Esplin

Neil Lennon claims the pressure Hibernian counterpart John Hughes is under ahead of their Premier League clash at Parkhead is symptomatic of the demands made on modern-day managers.

Still unhappy from the poor end to last season, Hibernian fans turned on the former Celtic defender in the 3-1 Co-operative Insurance Cup defeat at Kilmarnock in midweek which left Hughes with one win in eight this season.

Lennon took over as permanent Hoops boss in the summer, following a period as interim manager in the wake of Tony Mowbray's departure in March, and he is well aware of the growing demands made on footballers and managers.

"Everything is relative in terms of everyone has their own pressure at their club," he said.

"Results haven't been great for Hibs recently, but if anyone can turn it around it will be him.

"I would say that people are too quick to turn on managers and players. But it seems to be an increasingly short time before people do turn on managers.

"It is the unfortunate part of the job. I think the way the game is, the average span of a manager now is maybe only a season, a season and a half, and it is ridiculous."

Conflict

Lennon is aware of reports claiming there was a fight in the Hibs dressing room at Rugby Park, but the Hoops boss insists there is nothing inherently wrong with a "bit of conflict" among players.

He said: "You don't want it to happen too often, but there's nothing wrong with having a bit of conflict now and again in the dressing room or in training."

Lennon revealed that skipper Scott Brown has recovered from his ankle injury, but insists he is not an automatic pick.

But the 39-year-old claims to be at odds with many Celtic fans who have still not taken to Brown since his move from Hibs three years ago.

"There is no automatic picks at all, but he has been a big player for us," he said.

"I have been happy with his form and would have no qualms about putting him back in."

Irish Independent

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