John Kennedy’s managerial aspirations as Postecoglou plots rebuild

Ange Postecoglou will be working tirelessly behind the scenes ahead of his arrival in Glasgow as Celtic manager. The 55-year-old Australian needs to change an awful lot at the football club with his own backroom staff and players all required to be brought in. Postecoglou will rely heavily upon interim boss John Kennedy as he tries to hit the ground running.

However, according to Stephen McGowan at The Daily Mail, John Kennedy has his own aspirations to be a manager in his own right. The former Celtic defender has worked under Ronny Deila and Brendan Rodgers as a First Team Coach before being promoted to Assistant Manager under Neil Lennon. He has been linked with managerial vacancies in the past but has progressed through the ranks at Celtic.

Kennedy has faced fierce criticism from some supporters but by all accounts is an excellent coach. It is probably for the best if the 37-year-old is to seek a move away from Celtic Park if it improves his chances of one day earning the top job for himself. Although, he will stay and aid Postecoglou as he tries to get to grips with the enromous rebuild that the former Socceroos boss has ahead of him.

Gavin Strachan will also be retained as Postecoglou leans on the pair ahead of the Champions League Qualifiers.     The pair have been given some unwarranted stick due to their association with former boss Neil Lennon and then the continued mistakes under Kennedy’s interim charge. Celtic cannot expect the supporters to swallow the line that Postecoglou was happy with Kennedy & Strachan but the former Brisbane Roar boss needs to have his own people in place.


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  1. Jim O'Rourke on

    They stay then we’re stuck with the same backroom staff that did nothing last season especially the 3 months after lenny left.