Report: FC Midtjylland considering surprise managerial move for Celtic coach

By Lewis Laird

August 8, 2022

European side FC Midtjylland are reportedly considering a potential surprise managerial move for Celtic coach John Kennedy.

The 38-year-old is currently part of Ange Postecoglou’s backroom staff, alongside fellow first-team coaches Harry Kewell and Gavin Strachan.

Kennedy has previously held several different roles at Parkhead after bringing his playing career to an end early, including as youth coach and scout.

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During the 2020/21 season, the former Celtic defender also briefly spent a period as interim boss, replacing Neil Lennon before the arrival of Postecoglou in the summer.

Having spent time working as part of the backroom staff under several different managers at the Hoops, including Ronny Deila and Brendan Rodgers, there have been questions as to whether he would consider a role in management.

Fellow Scottish Premiership side Hibernian have reportedly considered the ex-Scotland internationalist on a couple of occasions, most recently as an option to replace the outgoing Shaun Maloney.

However, Kennedy has since stayed put at Celtic Park and is seen as a crucial member of Ange Postecoglou’s coaching staff.

According to reports in Denmark from media outlet B.T in their Transfer Window podcast, Kennedy is being ‘investigated’ as a potential option to become the next FC Midtjylland manager.

The report also mentions that the Celtic man would be ‘very interested’ in becoming the new head coach of Midtjylland.

By considering Kennedy, the Danish side who finished 2nd place in the league last campaign could also be looking to make their first foreign appointment in the club’s history [Tipsbladet].

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Midtjylland are on the lookout for a new boss after the recent sacking of Bo Henriksen, who had been in charge of the club since the beginning of last summer.

During that time, Henriksen came up against John Kennedy and Celtic in the early stages of Champions League qualifying, in which his side came out on top in extra time to advance to the 3rd round.

However, after picking up five points from his first four league games and suffering a disappointing 4-1 first-leg defeat in UCL qualifying to Benfica, the Midtjylland boss has since been sacked.

As Midtjylland eyes up a new replacement, they appear to be looking into the possibility of appointing John Kennedy as their next permanent manager.

At this stage, the reports states that any move for the Celtic coach is not imminent or definite. However, with the former Danish champions ‘investigating’ Kennedy, he certainly seems to be on a list of names being considered for the role.

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