Celtic fans react to John Kennedy's link to Hibernian
The John Kennedy to Hibernian link appears to have come completely out of the blue over the last couple of days.
First off, Harry Kewell looked the favourite to be the new Hibs boss after attending their game at St Johnstone. However, he played that idea down and simply labeled the Easter Road side “an option” (BBC).
Neil Lennon then had to bat away questions about Kennedy’s future after our 2-0 win over Motherwell on Sunday (BBC). The latest news comes today from the Scottish Sun, however, who’ve stated that Hibs are preparing an approach to make Kennedy their top man this week.
Celtic supporters have been reacting to the recent news too. It’s fair to say that many don’t want the deal to go through either:
Really wouldn’t like to see John Kennedy leave Celtic for Hibs. He appears to be an excellent coach, highly rated by three different guys, one of whom’s one of the best managers in Europe and the other’s a Celtic legend. There are risks in it for everybody as well. If he goes /1
— Marc McArdle (@marcmcardle1) November 11, 2019
Scenes if John Kennedy leaves for Hibs…
All the folk who've been wanting rid of him for stealing a wage while blaming him for all our defensive woes in the last 8 years suddenly slagging him off for a lack of loyalty after all we've done for him…
Absolute scenes, I tells ya!
— SchemeSpaceman (@jaggytooth) November 12, 2019
Oh man be some blow if John Kennedy goes to Hibs, massive coup for Hibs though…..😭
— Claire 🏴 (@_claire49) November 12, 2019
Can’t see John Kennedy going to hibs, he is definitely playing a big part with fitness and training, even during games he is out shouting instructors more than the manager.
— roy (@Airthreycastle3) November 11, 2019
Really hope we don’t lose John Kennedy, guy is an integral part of the coaching staff and knows the players and Celtic’s system better than most. Is often on the touchline as much as Lennon as well.
— James Campbell (@underagemaddog) November 11, 2019
Kennedy won’t be going anywhere. In my opinion he’s the next Celtic manager after Lenny moves on. Got some good experience under three different coaches with good ideas https://t.co/zkUyttHw7l
— Lewis 🍋 (@LewisLaird01) November 11, 2019
Kennedy leaving is something we could do without
If Hibs do make an approach to Celtic for Kennedy, you can see the attraction there. A chance to manage one of the biggest clubs in Scotland for a first managerial job is certainly a rarity.
But from a Celtic perspective, we could do without this leading to anything. At a time when the title-race is neck-and-neck, we have a solid structure in place when it comes to the backroom team. If this were to change for any reason, there are several aspects of the club that could be affected.
A new assistant manager may have to learn more about Neil Lennon’s managerial style. If it’s someone from the outside, new relationships would have to be formed and at a time in the season when we’ll be playing nearly every three-four days.
Johan Mjallby has said in the past that he would be interested in a return to work with Lennon (Open Goal). Lenny could also have the option of pushing Damien Duff up to be his new assistant.
Of course, none of this will be happening if Kennedy refuses to move to Hibs, or if the Edinburgh club decide against going in for him.
But considering the timing of the reported interest, it would be ideal if we managed to keep everyone in the backroom team in place for now.