The Celtic fans were left feeling upbeat yesterday after John Kennedy’s first interview as interim manager.
Kennedy has been confirmed as being in the job as caretaker boss until the end of the campaign. The experienced backroom coach has eight tricky fixtures to negotiate as he looks to salvage some pride back from an embarrassing year.
And as he took part in his first in-house media interview yesterday, he was in impressive form. Kennedy paid tribute to Neil Lennon before covering what he believed to be our main frailties this season. He hinted at some changes ahead of the Aberdeen game, and how he’s parking his own personal ambitions to do his best for the club [Celtic TV].
It was the second piece of Kennedy footage that the club had tweeted out yesterday. The first being an intense-looking training session that fans were also impressed with.
But Kennedy did look the part during both the training session and his interview. He said all of the right things, and clearly comes across as a man who isn’t looking beyond the end of the season.
Celtic fans like what they heard in John Kennedy’s first interview
The main talking point heading into Saturday’s visit of the Dons is how we’ll line-up. What tactical changes will Kennedy make and what personnel alternatives may he choose?
In essence, we’ll find out what Lennon has been halting from Kennedy. And what makes this so intriguing is that supporters will be itching to see something fresh. Something that isn’t so passive. An ability to defend set-plays without having our hearts in our mouths with every free-kick we give away in the defensive third. An idea from Kennedy that Lennon didn’t manage to bring in.
Kennedy will bring something different to the table. We just don’t know what it is yet. He’s worked under Neil Lennon, Ronny Deila, and Brendan Rodgers respectively. You don’t work with all of those different managerial talents and only have one idea of how to play the game.
The new interim boss was keeping his cards close to his chest in his Celtic TV interview of course. He won’t be wanting to give too much away to Dons boss Derek McInnes, who’ll undoubtedly have watched the clip himself to pick up any useful tips.
But for the fans who gave it a view, they were left satisfied that the right man was at the helm – at least temporarily:
Speaks well. Intrigued to see how he does in the last 8 games because there will be a few difficult fixtures in there https://t.co/4MX8B8lXF0
— marc (@__mrc67) February 25, 2021
Don’t for a minute want him as manager next season but excited to see what he can bring in the last stretch of games🤔 https://t.co/SruBh4Dnkf
— Chris Reid (@ChrisReid92) February 25, 2021
JK always well-spoken and clear/concise in what he wants to see out of the players and the standards that are expected at the club, it will be interesting to see which changes are made on Saturday. https://t.co/JRPrBWcupz
— Kieran (@kieranwrig_) February 25, 2021
I am looking forward to what he can offer, he must be good if Rodgers tried to get him down to Leicester with him. If he uses tactics he’s off to a good start. https://t.co/YJBR22pVKh
— aaron haire (@aaronhairee) February 25, 2021
Whenever we have heard Kennedy think he speaks quite well. Be interesting to see if any slight changes are made
Hopefully can get back to winning ways on Saturday and finish the season off on a bit of a higher note https://t.co/VRTBDaIkoL
— Lewis 🍋 (@LewisLaird01) February 25, 2021
An interview with a bit of conviction. Had the chance to go with BR.
Don’t think he’s the long term answer, but time to steady a sinking ship. https://t.co/dD8cLjniXW
— George Zenderson 🧎🏻 (@runfatbhoyrun) February 25, 2021
That’s better than any interview I’ve ever heard from Lennon https://t.co/SlALNfkSkp
— Marsch IN 🇺🇸 (@Griffin67Liam) February 25, 2021
Saying what you would expect to hear from Kennedy at this point.
Interesting to hear he has tried to change one or two things in training – we can only hope we get a positive pick up over the remaining 8 games and somehow wins the 2 games against Rangers.
All about pride now. https://t.co/D6dGZSTvWf
— The Pundit (@ThePundit_) February 25, 2021
Very impressive 🍀👏 https://t.co/zRS6lpG3b9
— Dean-Matthew (@dmk1985) February 25, 2021
You cannot deny that John Kennedy speaks extremely well.
For the first time in months, I’m actually excited for a game at the weekend. https://t.co/47aKEDruoy
— Ryan McGinlay (@TheRyanMcGinlay) February 25, 2021