The Benchman: Salt water eases the bruises at Hibs

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The Benchman ponders which manager will have sufficient knowledge of the Celtic handbook to take on the Parkhead top job.

MANAGERS’ MERRY-GO-ROUND: Neil Lennon’s swift exit from Parkhead set the tongues wagging. Must have another job lined up Norwich? Hours later they confirmed Neil Adams as their new man. Where now, Neil? By the time the Herald goes to print, we might know his destination. It’s a funny old game, as Jimmy Greaves one said. There aren’t many jobs where such a recycling process of managers takes place, or where there are such big pay-offs.

AHEAD OF HIS TIME: Talking to some old Hibs players last week the conversation turned to the legendary Gordon Smith. Apparently the reason Gordon had such a long career was his habit of taking himself off to Portobello to soak in the salt water after a game to ease the bruises and stiffness. He was universally admired by his team-mates, and his record of three league winners medals with three non-Old Firm clubs will never be equalled or beaten.

GHOST WRITERS?: Strange picture on the back of Saturday’s Scotsman showing the surviving Lisbon Lions heading off to the Champions League Final in the Portuguese capital. Extreme left in the back row was Joe McBride. Inside the sports supplement we had an article by Bobby Lennox regretting the passing of his former colleagues Bobby Murdoch, Ronnie Simpson, Jimmy Johnstone and – Joe McBride.

SQUARE BASHING: Interesting to see the choice of a pre-season base for The Bairns. The Aldershot camp will be Spartan to say the least.I remember the pre-season in the Czech Republic when Falkirk stayed at a former Communist-era athletics base. It was a creepy place and the long corridors and games halls must have been full of memories of youngsters being trained to extreme to win medals. You could just sense the eeriness of it all.

ANSWERS: The player in white was a very youthful Kenny Dalglish and the club from which Falkirk signed Kenny Brannigan was Kilmarnock.

TEASER: Six players,who all played for Falkirk at some stage of their careers, are in the SFA Hall of Fame at Hampden Park. Who are they?

COME BACK - GO AWAY: The comment that Celtic needed someone as their new boss who knew “the club’s handbook” was an interesting one. The record of former great players returning to their club as manager is not always a successful one. “The Fan’s Choice” may not always be the right one, although the same fans can tell you quickly enough when the directors make the wrong choice. At Falkirk we have had several examples of great players coming back as managers and not always doing well. John Prentice was an inspirational captain, but the jury is out on his times in charge. John Lambie was a really, really good player, but he is remembered as an unsuccessful boss. Similarly, George Miller.