Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou to keep duo Kennedy and Strachan

By Euan Davidson

July 10, 2021

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is to keep ahold of coaches John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan.

Kennedy and Strachan, so closely associated to the unsuccessful Lennon regime, have attracted ire from supporters. However, Kennedy, who was also part of Ronny Deila and Brendan Rodgers’ staff, and newer face Gavin Strachan, have seemingly earned the trust of the new manager.

Postecoglou will be adding new staff to supplement the duo, though. As with the first-team squad, the new Celtic manager intends to make his own mark on the team around him.

Names including Ross Aloisi and Kevin Muscat [Sun] were touted to join Postecoglou over recent weeks. However, Postecoglou is yet to bring his own personnel into the backroom staff.

The Celtic boss said [Daily Record]:

“My history is if there’s good people in the building then there’s no reason to change it.

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“So far all the staff have been excellent and have embraced where we want to go to.

“I will back my judgment in all these things. I take responsibility at the end of the day. We need to add to our staff for sure.

“We will be bringing in people at the appropriate time. Not necessarily in the coaching area but there’s other areas we need to bolster.”

It’s early days, but Kennedy and Strachan seem to have earned the trust of Ange Postecoglou

During Ange Postecoglou’s first press conference, he said [Celtic YouTube]:

“I’ll make those [staffing] decisions as we go along. My view on these things is I’ll always trust my judgement above anyone else’s. I’m going to be the one working with people every day.

“If we need to bring people in to fill gaps or to add to expertise we will do that. The club has given me the freedom to do that. I’ll make my decisions once I’ve seen what’s in place first.”

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This won’t be the most popular decision with the supporters. However, there’s an element of trust needed here. Postecoglou has assembled successful backroom teams before. If he sees qualities he wants to keep in Kennedy and Strachan, then it’s surely his prerogative to keep them around.

None of that is to say what Celtic roles Kennedy and Strachan are necessarily going to have, nor whether Postecoglou is going to bring in a trusted assistant manager.

For now at least, the new Celtic boss is happy with the incumbents in the Bhoys’ dugout.

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