John Kennedy makes his first major decisions as interim Celtic boss

By John McGinley

February 26, 2021

John Kennedy has decided to make Stephen McManus one of his first-team assistant coaches during his interim spell as Celtic manager, it has been confirmed.

Kennedy and McManus are long-time friends, signing for the club on the same day as youngsters all the way back in 1998.

The Scottish Sun reports the promotion is a personal request of Kennedy’s, but has been signed off by outgoing CEO Peter Lawwell and the Celtic board.

However, there will be no coaching role for Scott Brown at the club this season, with Kennedy reported to prefer the Celtic captain focus on his football rather than be caught up with any extra responsibilities.

Brown is known to be pursuing a potential coaching career once he retires, but it’s unknown when that will be, or if it will even be at the Bhoys.

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Kennedy appears to now have the coaching team in place he wants for the remainder of the season.

In my view, the eight games are less an opportunity for him to put his name forward for the permanent Celtic job, but a managerial position elsewhere.

Celtic interim manager John Kennedy (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Celtic coach has made no secret of the fact he’d like to step into management one day, but also has the intelligence to acknowledge that the time isn’t right for that at the Bhoys.

If he can help the club build towards next season and then go off to be his own man elsewhere, that’s the best-case scenario. Perhaps in the future, if he proves to be an adept manager, he can return as the prodigal son.

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