The future of John Kennedy has been one of the main topics of conversation amongst Celtic supporters today.
A report in The Scottish Sun overnight has indicated he is one of the front-runners for the sporting director role at the club, with Manchester City employee Fergal Harkin also in the frame.
The news has taken some by surprise, but it perhaps shouldn’t have.
For me, Kennedy was also going to be a contender for this position. In some ways, it’s been years in the making.
Back in February we ran an article on the subject here on 67 Hail Hail.
That followed a report from journalist Graeme Croser in the Scottish Mail on Sunday that Kennedy had in fact been in line to take a similar role at the club in 2019. [28/02 print edition, page 152]
It’s said that one of Rodgers’ last acts as Celtic boss was encouraging the board at the club to create a similar role to the one being sorted out right now as part of the new era dawning at the club.
His chosen candidate just so happened to be none other than Kennedy.
Obviously, that would never come to fruition and Kennedy would eventually take up a role as Neil Lennon’s assistant on a permanent basis after winning eight-in-a-row.
However, it is interesting to think back that one of the leaders of success at the club over the last decade proposed an idea that could now be implemented.
Celtic’s biggest issue when it comes to appointing Kennedy in a role such as this is perception. It will be seen by some supporters as a ‘job for the boys’ action and a way of asserting control over Eddie Howe.
In reality though, no-one has better knowledge of the structure and processes at Lennoxtown than Kennedy. No outsider would have the trust of the board that Kennedy would have.
If he is given the remit of ripping things up and starting again, it might just be an easier pill for Celtic to swallow if it’s Kennedy who enacts that.
The downside of course is that Kennedy has no direct experience of a director of football role and that this isn’t really a time to be experimenting.
This appointment has the potential to set Celtic on the right road for the next decade. If we get it wrong, we’ll be back in the position we’re in right now before long.