Harry Kewell shows respect to John Kennedy and Celtic coaching staff

By John McGinley

June 23, 2022

Harry Kewell is an ambitious, driven character. We know that from his playing career alone, not to mention the intent to make a name for himself as a manager.

He’s also a big, famous name. Naturally, his appointment has attracted a lot of attention in Scotland and in his homeland. However, he isn’t coming into Celtic with designs to make first-team training all about his ideas.

He’s made it clear he’s eager not just to learn from manager Ange Postecoglou, but also the rest of the coaching staff, including John Kennedy.

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Kewell and Kennedy spent a large portion of the Australian’s first day going over the playing style of the current Celtic side and the former Liverpool man sounds enthused by what he heard.

Also asked about his aims for the coming season, Kewell told Celtic TV: “I have strong ambitions but I’m not going to lie – I’ve come into a huge club. I’m going to sit and I’m going to learn. I’m going to watch, I’m going to study.

“I’m going to see exactly what I can bring to the team. I’m not going to go straight in there and go ‘this, this and this’. That’s not me. I want to learn. Even just speaking to John Kennedy, he’s got so much experience. I’m going to be picking his brains left, right and centre.”

And on his relationship with the main man Ange Postecoglou, Kewell also made it clear he sees this as an opportunity to further his coaching education.

The 43-year-old continued: “I felt it was an opportunity for me to learn from a great manager who has started to bring his work into Europe. He’s very forthright in what he wants out of his players. It’s similar to what I like.

“The way he spoke to me about football and what he wants from me, I said straight away, of course, I’ll come.”

I get the sense that while Kewell is approaching his new job with a very welcome and humble attitude, he does have that natural fire in his personality that will shake things up over time.

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That’s not a bad thing. That’s what clubs need to progress. They need an array of different personalities and views to determine the best course forward.

Postecoglou is a strong enough character to allow that to happen under his watch while maintaining control of the overall direction.

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