Celtic coach John Kennedy already being touted for Ross County gig

By David Walton

May 25, 2021

It hasn’t taken long for John Kennedy to start being touted for the Ross County managerial role.

John Hughes’ departure from the Staggies was announced yesterday. This comes after big Yogi managed to keep the Highland club in the Premiership last season. With his short-term deal coming to an end, there appeared to be an amicable split.

And with the search for Hughes’ replacement underway, Kennedy’s name has already cropped up. Former County goalkeeper Michael Fraser kicked off the calls for Kennedy to take it.

Speaking in the Press and Journal, he said the following on potentially appointing the Celtic man:

“Personally, I think John Kennedy, should he leave Celtic, would be a really good shout. He is highly thought of and it would be a good job for him to start off with. I am pretty sure a guy like John would like this job.

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“As soon as he looks around the stadium and training ground, that would be a big selling point for a manager. He would have the tools to work with and that will be a big draw. He’s just a name that lept out at me. Roy might be looking at a more experienced manager, but going left-field John would be good pick.

“He is highly rated by ex-players and maybe he will want to come in and get his hands dirty by coaching them to play in the way he wants them to play. It’s maybe the best of the smaller clubs to achieve that because you will get support.”

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Press and Journal then named Kennedy as one of many names in the frame for the Staggies gig this summer. Not even 24 hours from Hughes’ removal was Kennedy’s name being bandied about.

During his interim spell in charge of Celtic over the last several months, Kennedy has never hid his desire to become a manager. He outlined how it would be his dream to become a future Parkhead boss [Glasgow Times].

Yet, he certainly didn’t impress during his interim stint. He made baffling team selections along with curious in-game decisions to go with woeful substitutions. The Celtic fans certainly weren’t impressed, and more often than not they let the club know about it.

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

Even so, JK has consistently been talked up by those he’s worked with. Brendan Rodgers perhaps being the highest-profile figure to sing his praises. It’s clear Kennedy has something that managers like to work with. But if Celtic are going to push this idea of a rebuild next summer, John should be out the door.

And it would undoubtedly be best for both parties. If Kennedy truly is looking to push himself to one day become our permanent boss, he could do with applying for the County job. It’s only by achieving elsewhere can he put together a body of work that could one day make him a convincing candidate.

As things stand, Celtic fans don’t want Kennedy around next season. If there’s even a sniff of a managerial gig elsewhere, he simply has to look at it. Now’s the right time for him to move on – fingers crossed he gets that opportunity.

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