See ya then, Lenny…?

The Nottingham Evening Post is claiming that Smoulders has told Lennon he can leave us should he wish, during the January window, in order to seek first team football.  Although apparently he is keen to keep Lenny on board for his experience to ‘bolster our promotion push.’  Quite how he’s supposed to achieve this when not even deemed suitable for the bench is beyond me.

Losing Lennon would be a mistake, in my opinion.  The snippets I’ve gleaned from various people are that he’s been an excellent influence in the dressing room – and personally, whilst he might not be up for 90 minutes in every game, I believe him to be a huge asset on the pitch too.  Particularly if the alternative to the holding midfielder role is shoehorning Perch there, who would be better suited in defence.

There’s not enough detail to really start casting assumptions about motivations – given that there is no quote in there to determine the source of the story.  One can understand Lennon’s frustration at going from a season of playing Champions League football as Celtic’s captain to being unable to even secure a place on the bench in the English third tier – however it wouldn’t be unreasonable either to expect him to fight for his place.

Equally, I can also envisage a motivation whereby a worried manager might feed such a notion to the local press through fear of a strong character in the dressing room undermining his authority – particularly at a time when it wouldn’t be unfair to question many of his tactical and personnel decisions on the pitch.  However, there’s not enough evidence to go down either route – so they both remain just theories.

Plymouth, Burnley and Stoke are apparently standing by – all punching considerably above our current weight.  Given the wages that lured Lennon here, it does reflect pretty badly on the club if he’s to not even last one season with us – even given our strength in depth in midfield.  Add to the “we’re looking to buy, not sell!” messages pre-transfer window – it makes us look quite silly when allowing Dobie, and now possibly Lennon, to depart without any incoming signings.

All in all, it’s a disturbing story – it smacks of some kind of conflict, either Smoulds wants Lennon out through the veneer of magnanimously offering him a way out, whilst claiming to want him to stay.  The other two scenarios are that Smoulds has made it clear to Lenny he has no role to play, so he understandably wants out, or finally that the player is frustrated and not prepared to work his arse off to win his place back.  None of the scenarios are particularly appetising.

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2 Responses

  1. This is inevitable as you say …given the lack of games Lennon has seen
    I agree with you , he had a real influence in most (but not all ) of his games
    esp Northampton where he cam on when we were all at sixes and sevens and
    steadied the ship …. I think when we went on the november run we found
    an attacking formula at home which made Lennon dispensible …but away
    he is definitely what we need …thats the issue that I suspect theyve clashed on
    bit part apperances on the road ….
    anyway more importnat where is Best ?

  2. lennon has never really been intrested in forest, he says all the right things like experienced footballers do. but dont be fooled he would move back to scotland if he had the chance. he knew where nottingham was when he signed but then got home sick !! do me a favour. if we have one strong department it is in midfield. fact is we have better players than him that can still run. look what happened when the hibs job came up. not 48 hours before he was stating that he wanted to help us up blah blah blah then he said he was up for the hibs job!! any job in scotland ( bar rangers ) he will go for. as Rob says the most important thing is getting a forward.

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