John Kennedy Has No Chance Of Being Celtic’s Next Manager, McAvennie Says

Celtic will not appoint John Kennedy as the next permanent manager of the club, according to Frank McAvennie.

The former Celtic striker spoke to Football Insider and claimed there is “not a chance” of Kennedy succeeding Neil Lennon at Parkhead as he is not experienced enough. Kennedy, who burst onto the scene at Celtic Park as a player in 2004, is the bookie’s favourite for the job after opening his period in interim charge with a 1-0 victory over Aberdeen.

But McAvennie doesn’t share that view. “I would like to see John go away and get experience as a manager somewhere else,” he said.

“Not a chance he will be the permanent manager of Celtic. The fans would not be happy. It is nothing against John, but we need a big name. If you want to sell season tickets for next year you need a big name – John is not that man.”

McAvennie continued by explaining that the door may be open for Kennedy in the future. “John has to go away and show his credentials as a manager before taking the Celtic job permanently, for me anyway. He needs to go away, learn and make mistakes away from Celtic.”

The colourful character then concluded by saying: “He is Peter Lawwell’s guy and Lawwell will not be there next season. It is time for a clear out.”

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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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