Ange Postecoglou to reportedly add to Celtic backroom staff; Kennedy likely to stay

By David Walton

June 10, 2021

Ange Postecoglou will add to his Celtic backroom staff in the coming weeks, the Scottish Sun reports.

Postecoglou has officially joined the club after being announced as the new manager this morning. It had previously widely been reported that their defeat to Honda FC on Wednesday morning would be his final game in charge [The Times].

And as he prepares to jet to Glasgow, the Sun believes he’s set to bring some additions with him too. Postecoglou will likely need some familiar and reliable faces around him as he get to grips with his role.

The newspaper, however, also claims that he’s likely to put his faith in John Kennedy too. In what capacity that would be remains to be seen, but it’s said he will need his knowledge and experience of Scottish football to get to grips with the competition.

Kennedy had previously been tipped to be in consideration for the new sporting director role. However, that was an idea he squashed before the end of last season.

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Ange Postecoglou keeping John Kennedy in his coaching staff would raise an eyebrow

So long as this is Postecoglou’s decision and nobody else’s, it would be accepted by the support. If Postecoglou is able to clarify Kennedy’s position in his first press conference, it will go a long way to satisfying the supporters.

However, until then, there will be an overarching feeling that he’s been enforced on the new man. That is of course so long as it’s confirmed that he’s staying. It just feels odd that so many managers have wanted to keep Kennedy on. Especially considering how poor he performed during his spell as interim boss.

Sure, it wasn’t Kennedy’s own team. Or in a way it was given he was the assistant manager to Neil Lennon. But the timid nature of his decisions, the tactical naivety, and the baffling game-management choices he made was a bad look. It didn’t reflect well on him and certainly didn’t live up to the reputation Celtic love to push him as having.

Former Celtic interim boss John Kennedy / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It would be more refreshing if Postecoglou was to start afresh and send Kennedy elsewhere. Even if the club feel they have to keep him, so long as he was out of the first-team set-up, that would’ve been a promising sign the club was going through a proper revolution.

Keeping Kennedy on just doesn’t read well. Granted, so long as it’s Postecoglou’s decision and his alone, there isn’t much to complain about. What we need on that front then is clarity. Clarity over who is making all backroom decisions at Celtic, and whether total authority has been given to the manager.

The Celtic fans generally want Kennedy gone. The lack of accountability placed on that man’s shoulders has started to rile many of us up. Hopefully, should his stay be confirmed, it will have been down to one man and one man alone.

In other news, Tom Rogic has already shown his firm determination to kickstart his Celtic career again.