The Athletic journalist Kieran Devlin has responded to the announcement that John Kennedy will serve as interim manager until the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
Neil Lennon took it upon himself to walk away from Parkhead after his side lost more track on arch-rivals Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership, with the gap at 18 points having played all of their games in hand.
Celtic announced that his assistant Kennedy would be taking his place for now as the club enters a new era in the summer, with Peter Lawwell stepping down and Dominic McKay taking over as the Hoops’ chief executive.
Kennedy knows he’s unpopular with some of the fans, and that he’s unlikely to have a chance at the permanent job. He’s intent on restoring an atom of respect to the club nonetheless. Interviewed Shaun Maloney and Erik Sviatchenko about Kennedy the coach.https://t.co/JUmk6SPvBQ
— Kieran Devlin (@NoNotThatDevlin) February 25, 2021
While he may be facing a tough task, Kennedy has the job of restoring some confidence in the side until the end of the season when McKay takes up his role.
Transfer Tavern Verdict
Celtic simply have to bounce back next season and win the title back at the first time of asking. With Kennedy, there are no guarantees of that.
This may be unfair to suggest, having not taken charge of a single game yet at this stage, but the supporters will be wanting a big name to fill the role, not another part of the system that failed them this term.
With the likes of Scotland boss Steve Clarke, Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez and serial winner Rafael Benitez linked with the role, Kennedy is possibly fighting a losing battle already.
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