Report: Hibs prepare approach for John Kennedy

By John McGinley

November 12, 2019

Hibernian’s interest in Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy is strengthening, despite Neil Lennon’s hands-off warning, The Scottish Sun report.

After the departure of Paul Heckingbottom, the Easter Road side are looking to launch a new era that initially keeps them safe from any relegation battle in the Scottish Premiership this season.

Initial reports of interest in Kennedy as a contender for that job emerged over the weekend, prompting Lennon to tell BBC Scotland that “he won’t be going anywhere” and that he is integral to the current project at Celtic Park.

However, a fresh report from The Scottish Sun suggests that hasn’t put Hibs off and that they’re preparing to make an approach for the coach.

The paper says that the argument for Kennedy’s appointment is strengthening within the club.

It’s currently unknown if the Hoops assistant manager himself is keen on the move.

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We must keep the band together

When Lennon was announced as interim boss in the wake of Brendan Rodgers’ controversial exit in February, he came as a package deal with Kennedy.

The Celtic hierarchy clearly places a lot of faith in the former defender’s coaching skills and knowledge of the Bhoys. He would prove crucial during our trophy chase last year, helping transition between the Rodgers-era and the new Lennon dawn.

Lennon has only ever had good things to say about the 36-year-old and his most recent comments about wanting to keep him speak volumes about the role he is playing behind the scenes right now.

With everything going so well on the pitch, we must try as much as possible to keep the band together at Lennoxtown.

Ultimately, a high-profile managerial job could prove to be too tempting for Kennedy, but hopefully, we can convince him our short-term goals are just too important to let him leave right now.