Celtic board urged to give Ange Postecoglou total authority on backroom team

By David Walton

June 9, 2021

Alan Stubbs has urged the Celtic board to ensure that Ange Postecoglou is given 100% authority on his backroom team.

In some of Celtic’s more recent managerial appointments, the club has intervened with regards to who works alongside their main man. Ronny Deila was given John Collins as his assistant and John Kennedy for a first-team coach. Kennedy was then given to Neil Lennon as his second-in-command back in 2019 too. Lennon recently had an interview with the Times, where he claimed he didn’t get to bring in the backroom staff he would’ve liked.

Kennedy and Gavin Strachan, meanwhile, are still there from the previous regime. Strachan has continued his role as a first-team coach, whilst Kennedy has just finished a spell as interim boss.

Many supporters want a totally clean slate, and Stubbs has encouraged the club to ensure Postecoglou has the authority to make that decision.

“Let him stamp his authority on the coaching staff”

As quoted by the Daily Record, Stubbs said: “Apart from the big decisions regarding Edouard and Ajer, they potentially could be made before the manager is even in there, there are other players needing their future sorted. That’s why it’s so important to get the manager and his staff in as soon as possible.

“If the manager isn’t getting appointed until a certain date then it’s even more important for his number two to be in now to assess the situation. They’re going to have to know the squad pretty quickly.

“When you appoint a new manager you have to allow him to be comfortable with his backroom staff. No disrespect to anyone there right now but he won’t know any of them. That’s why whoever they go for then they back him 100 per cent. Let him stamp his authority on his coaching staff and then his team. If Celtic believe he is the right man then let him prove it.”

Celtic board not fully backing Ange Postecoglou if he isn’t picking assistants

It’s easy to say that you’ve backed a manager by simply appointing him. However, if you’re needlessly intervening on his decisions for next to no reason outside of nepotism, you can’t say you’re 100% behind them.

That’s why even if Celtic tell Postecoglou that he has to keep Kennedy, then he hasn’t been backed. The manager is the most important person at a football club. You can’t tell them to turn your club around whilst enforcing your own personnel on them.

According to the Scottish Sun, Kennedy will select whether he stays at Celtic or not. This will only be after talks with Postecoglou. It’s unclear what role Kennedy could have if the new boss doesn’t want him involved with the top team.

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

It’s unclear what kind of authority Strachan and co will have over their futures. But the truth is it shouldn’t matter. If Postecoglou feels that he needs to appoint his own personnel then you have to cut ties with Kennedy and Strachan. They’re now part of a failed regime who now have no right to be involved with the next one.

Again, if the new boss wants them around, by all means, you accommodate that. But you’re starting off on the wrong foot if you decide to not bother listening to who the new manager wants in. It’s important to remember that a number two is an essential cog. The relationship between him and the manager is key to a successful partnership.

Fingers crossed Celtic ensure the new man has total authority.

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