John Kennedy has outlined his willingness to one day become the Celtic manager, as he hinted he wants to stay at Parkhead in some capacity.
Kennedy is said to be in charge until the end of the season. However, there are growing reports that Celtic look set to appoint Eddie Howe within the week. What remains unclear is whether Howe will come in immediately, or whether the club will wait until the end of the season before he fully takes over.
Even less clear is what capacity Kennedy will be placed in after the new appointment. Will he still be a first-team coach? Perhaps bumped back down to a development role? Would he even leave and start to take on a managerial role elsewhere?
Well, it appears as though Kennedy has hinted that he wants to stay in some capacity. This comes as he spoke about his own value at Celtic and how he knows what he can offer the club going forward.
“I know what I do here and what I can offer”
As quoted by the Glasgow Times, Kennedy said: “I have enjoyed it. It has been good. I will do what’s right for the club. It’s a big club and you cannot take anything for granted. I know what I do here and what I can offer.
“Yes, it will be (his ambition to be a Celtic manager one day). But I’ve never been in a rush. I finished playing a long time ago and I’ve been working at things. As long as the environment is good…I have had opportunities to go and do my own thing but I felt I was in a good place here with good people.
“There has been a lot of talk. But the way the club have operated, they have been very calm. They do their business behind the scenes and I have been delighted with the way things have been done.”
Reading between the lines – Kennedy clearly wants a role at Celtic ahead of Parkhead shake-up
Talking about what he can offer at Parkhead and how he’s felt in a good place at Celtic, Kennedy doesn’t really make it difficult to guess where he wants to be next season. It’s clear he’s still happy at Parkhead and would prefer a role in Glasgow.
If he wanted to leave outright he would’ve left things far more obvious in that regard. He would’ve spoken more forcefully about his managerial ambitions. He would’ve had every right to let clubs know he was available ahead of next season.
But this isn’t something Kennedy chose to do. He instead wanted to talk about the positives surrounding the environment at Celtic. He also launched a mini-defence of himself by defending his own ability. You can hardly blame him for wanting to stick around either.
It’s an exciting time for the football club. Major change is coming to Celtic Park, and Kennedy may see it as an opportunity to learn further. As a Celtic man, he also wouldn’t want to see his time at Parkhead end on surrendering a 10th consecutive Premiership title.
However, at the same time, he has to recognise the steps he needs to make if he wants to be Celtic manager. He shouldn’t ever be appointed directly from the Parkhead backroom staff. He has to cut his teeth elsewhere at some point and showcase his talents to the Celtic support in a lesser role.
If he does that, he has every chance of coming back and being a manager one day. But the longer he chooses to work in the shadows of Lennoxtown, the further back his Celtic managerial hopes are pushed.