Celtic confirmed today that Stephen McManus has been promoted to the first-team coaching staff in the wake of Neil Lennon’s resignation.
John Kennedy is interim manager until the club appoints a permanent Lennon replacement.
McManus is his pick to complete the backroom staff in charge of the first-team, alongside Gavin Strachan and Stevie Woods.
Celtic Coach and former Captain, Stephen McManus, will be working alongside John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan as part of the first team coaching staff. 🍀 pic.twitter.com/Cs39PVNWmm
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 26, 2021
The duo are friends and their relationship goes back decades. They both signed for the club on the same day as youngsters way back in 1998.
Kennedy’s career would end up ruined by an unfortunate knee injury, but McManus went on to become club captain, winning plenty of trophies along the way. He made 203 appearances in total between 2004 and 2010.
The former defender served as a coach at Motherwell after retirement and became an U18s coach at Celtic at the tail-end of the Brendan Rodgers reign, alongside Damien Duff.
Given he knows the methods at Lennoxtown and will have a great inside knowledge of the players, it’s a move that makes sense until the end of the season.
McManus gives Kennedy a trusted opinion on the training pitch and in the dugout during matches.
Although speculation remains, there’s no indication that Celtic are planning this to be the permanent managerial team and no reason to panic.
There’s been a mixed reception to the news, but the warm comments rise to the surface on social media. There’s a lot of goodwill for McManus and everyone hopes he can help inspire the team to a winning run.
These supporters have taken to Twitter today to share their thoughts…
It is certainly a sensible decision for the club to make, however, we do need to see with the new manager coming in, him being allowed to bring in his own backroom staff. https://t.co/WdqSgzHOTF
— Kieran (@kieranwrig_) February 26, 2021
Great news solid coach on the making https://t.co/J6m9gdP91O
— Kev.I.N (@quest4cat1) February 26, 2021
Good luck for the reming games .. But hope come Summer new manager can bring his own backroom staff with him 🍀 https://t.co/dbV6w6HP0w
— celticghirl1888 (@celticghirl0106) February 26, 2021
First order of business: get the defence and the midfield into the box and drill them on set-pieces. Properly this time. https://t.co/7f9Dq6gfDn
— Marc McArdle (@marcmcardle1) February 26, 2021
This is a great move, McManus is a top, top coach https://t.co/ue0GjYRyAJ
— john welsh (@welshjb) February 26, 2021
Stephen is a great Celtic guy and deserves support. Likely he will go back to his youth team for next season when a new regime rolls in but he will be able to help for the remainder of this season. 🍀
— m m (@martin_7388) February 26, 2021
Seems like they are potentially setting the groundwork to make this permanent🤔
— Kerry Armstrong (@kerrymarmstrong) February 26, 2021
They’ll do for now, until you appoint a proper DoF and management team.
— Aidan (@AidoM67) February 26, 2021
Good luck to them all. 100% behind them, but the new manager must be allowed to have his own men in the summer HH
— Celtic Gossip (@CelticGossip) February 26, 2021