Four months after being incredibly critical of Celtic Maurice Ross has left his coaching job at Motherwell.
Following the 2-0 derby defeat in October the Fir Park coach was heavily critical of Celtic’s tactics and the fitness of players that were named.
Had it been a pundit the comments were fair game but they more than crossed a line for those inside the football bubble where any public criticism is delivered in general terms. A few weeks later Celtic won 4-1 away to Motherwell.
Reacting to the comments of the Motherwell coach, Lennon told Glasgow Live:
He’s working, he’s an employee of another Premiership team and I don’t think he should be making any comment at all on any other team or any other players.
The comments, in particular, on Ajeti, on Griffiths, on the money that Shane Duffy may or may not be on, I think was pretty abysmal. There is a professional standard, a professional etiquette, a professional respect and I think Maurice was lacking in all three of those.
I don’t think he owes me an apology, he owes my players an apology, he owes my coaching staff an apology and I think he owes my club an apology. He owes his own club, that employ him, an apology.
Tonight Motherwell have announced the departure of Ross on the back of two successive home defeats for new manager Graham Alexander.
Ross and Alexander were Scotland team-mates under Berti Vogts but Motherwell have announced that their first team coach had left to ‘pursue fresh opportunities’.
Motherwell are currently fourth bottom of the SPFL Premiership, four points ahead of Hamilton Accies with four matches to play before the split.
Maurice Ross has left Motherwell Football Club to pursue new opportunities.
All the best for the future, Mo ?
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