Neil Lennon must be the boss at Celtic
In my blog on 27 March I wrote, Neil Lennon is now in pole position for the Celtic job: a good run to the end of season and securing the Scottish Cup may be enough to land him the job permanently.
He didn't win the cup, suffering a horror show in the semi final v Ross County, but his refusal to make excuses for his team, his frank assessment of their failures, plus their subsequent SPL form, showed his mettle.
Now he seems set to be handed the challenge of regaining the league title, which must be Celtic's main objective.
As I revealed on last Saturday's Sportsound on BBC Radio Scotland, the man Lennon wants beside him in that dugout is Alan Thompson.
That is a shrewd move.
They played together in a hugely successful Celtic side, and know and trust each other.
That will be crucial as Lennon takes his first managerial post.
What is less clear, however, is why anyone thinks Lennon needs a "mentor" or "father figure".
Lennon has huge playing experience, deals confidently and articulately with the media, and knows the Scottish football scene inside out.
European football may tax him more, but he will have no shortage of contacts that can help him on an informal basis in that arena.
So what is Celtic's thinking in contemplating such an appointment?
The risk of undermining a new manager by installing a senior figure is a real possibility.
Lennon may of course be willing to sacrifice a limited degree of autonomy in return for a job which he rightly covets.
But it's the manager who carries the can in football.
If things go badly, it'll not be the mentor who gets the stick, it'll be the manager.
So why should the boss have a boss?
In football one man usually makes the decisions and stands or falls by them. That man is the manager.
If Lennon is given the job and it seems highly likely that he will be, he should be the manager; full stop.
Personnel, tactics, selection and style of play must be his domain and his only.
Matters such as contracts, youth development and the myriad of other things that go on at a football club can be attended to by others.
But there can only be one manager and on that point Neil Lennon will I suspect, and should be, unmoveable.