Davie Provan has body-swerved the emotion and anger over Neil Lennon’s Celtic departure to concentrate on the pounds, shillings and pence.
These days a manager rarely resigns, hanging on for the massive pay-off is essential as they wait to get back on board with another well paid gig.
For the unfortunates there is gardening leave. No up front sum as the wages continue, profile declines and the wait for the next offer starts to get anxious.
Despite his abrasive media conferences often turning into confrontation it won’t be long before Lennon takes up his place alongside Chris Sutton, Ally McCoist, Andy Walker and Kris Boyd.
Sutton’s Old Firm double act with McCoist could be under threat with a new former Celt joining the market.
Provan knows the script, the posturing and the pay days as he explains to Sun readers which suggests that the Lennon deal was more mutual consent that resignation and write-off.
?I WOULDN’T feel too sorry for Neil Lennon on parting company with Celtic. Lenny’s had his contract paid up and won’t be short of media work until his next shift in the dugout. Neil is savvy enough to have known his time was up after defeat in January’s Old Firm game.
He’d have been crazy to walk then without a pay-off. In the meantime it looks like Celtic have no succession plan with John Kennedy now in temporary charge.
With a manager, chief executive and sporting director to be found double-quick, new supremo Dominic McKay already has his work cut out. All that before he gets around to Peter Lawwell’s statue.