Football Insider pundit Gabby Agbonlahor has claimed that Eddie Howe will have to keep John Kennedy at Celtic Park if the former becomes the Hoops’ new manager.
The Lowdown: Howe closing in on Parkhead switch
The 43-year-old appears to be closing in on a move to Glasgow almost 10 months on from leaving Bournemouth. Reports have suggested that the Englishman has agreed on a deal to become Neil Lennon’s permanent successor and will take charge ahead of the 2021/22 season.
He is now thought to be putting his backroom team together, with some members of staff expected to join him coming from his previous employers.
However, Agbonlahor believes that Celtic’s interim boss Kennedy will have to be a part of the furniture in Glasgow.
Should Celtic keep John Kennedy as part of their staff?
The Latest: Agbonlahor’s claim
A Celtic source recently admitted that Kennedy has been kept in the dark over off-field developments and is even unsure over his future at the club.
Talking to Football Insider about Kennedy’s position going forward, 34-year-old Agbonlahor said:
“At Celtic, I’ve heard this from sources, someone like Kennedy, the new manager won’t have a choice on keeping him.
“Managers that come in can’t bring in four, five or six coaches. They can bring in maybe two and the club decides whether Kennedy stays. They can’t change the whole coaching staff like most clubs do.
“I do think they’ll keep him around because he’s been there with a lot of managers, he knows the club inside out.
“That might be the reason that Eddie Howe doesn’t favour the job so we’ll have to wait and see.”
The Verdict: Howe happy to work with Kennedy?
Should Howe not have a choice in regards to working with Kennedy, we don’t think that will be a deal-breaker over a move to Celtic.
Reports at the beginning of April suggested Howe was happy to work with both the 37-year-old and Gavin Strachan, and we feel the reason for delaying his appointment is actually due to Bournemouth.
It looks as if he wants some members of the Cherries staff to join him, but they’re currently busy with the Championship play-offs, which could keep them occupied until the end of the month.
The Parkhead faithful may have to remain patient on an official announcement, but it appears as if Howe will be the next man in charge, and Kennedy could well be with him.
In other news: ‘He doesn’t want to do it’ – Frank McAvennie ‘gutted’ at recent Celtic development, find out more here.
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