John Kennedy confirms he'll consider leaving Celtic for the right opportunity

By David Walton

May 15, 2021

John Kennedy has confirmed that he’ll consider leaving Celtic if the right opportunity comes along.

The interim boss has previously batted away questions over his future with games still remaining in Celtic’s campaign. However, after today’s 0-0 stalemate at Easter Road, the Hoops’ horrific campaign finally came to a fittingly dismal conclusion.

Kennedy’s reign as interim boss hasn’t been impressive either. He’s taken charge of 10 games and leaves Parkhead with only four wins to his name. Two damaging derby defeats hasn’t helped his relationship with supporters either.

And whilst he remains coy on what’s next, he’s finally admitted he’ll consider leaving should a particular opportunity come along.

Speaking on BBC Sportsound today [15/05, 15:02], Kennedy said: “There’ll be changes. Every season there’s change, but this season it’s obviously going to be more than normal just because of the nature of the squad.

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“I’ve not had discussions about my future. I’m very relaxed about what the future holds.

“I’ve always said I’ll be my own man at some point. This has been a great experience for me. I’ve never been in a rush to jump in, but if the opportunity is right I’ll consider it.”

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Kennedy now has to make a big decision in his career. It’s the end of an era at Celtic, and he needs to make a decision on whether that includes his own employment.

There’s clearly always going to be a job at Parkhead for him if he sticks around. That’s been proven – he’s been a part of the club since he was appointed as a scout in 2009. He’s effectively a part of the DNA now, with his seemingly untouchable status not going down too well with supporters.

But he doesn’t know on what capacity he’ll be kept on next season. The new manager may not want Kennedy to be part of his backroom staff. That has to be down to the new man and the new man alone. Kennedy can’t be the judge of that and neither should anyone at boardroom level either.

John Kennedy having his temperature checked / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

So there’s uncertainty there for the soon-to-be former interim boss. On the other hand, he could try to spread his wings and develop himself as a number one now. Kennedy has had a taste of it, and he’s young enough to get an early start and give himself time to experience being a manager elsewhere.

It’s not as if he would be short of offers. Remember, Hibernian were reportedly interested in Kennedy as their first choice before appointing Jack Ross [Scottish Sun]. There would be plenty willing to take a chance on him.

If he fails in management, he would likely still be welcomed back at Celtic in a backroom capacity. Especially considering how well admired he is at the club. So the option is there, and it seems that Kennedy is planting the seeds for a potential departure at some stage.

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