John Kennedy isn’t interested in Scott Brown coming onto his coaching staff in a player-coach role.
With the recent managerial upheaval, questions have been asked about where the club goes from here. With Kennedy looking like being in charge until the end of the season, the weird and the wacky have been suggested.
Brown’s playing contract comes to an end come the close of play this season. Could he one day be a Celtic manager? It certainly didn’t take long for some to tout him as a potential candidate for the role this summer.
But whatever the future holds, Kennedy has played down any prospect of a potential player-coach role during his spell. And even if the interim boss does get the gig permanently, he made it clear he doesn’t like the player-coach role period.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Kennedy said: “Scott’s still a player, a very good one, and he’s our captain. I’m not a fan of the player-coach thing anyway and it’s not something we’ve spoken about. I don’t think it works because it’s a distraction. If you’re a player trying to coach too, there’s a split and extra energy to expand.
“But ultimately, you have to put all your energy into playing. As a leader, everyone knows what Scott has done for the club and the success he’s had. But also, in difficult times, the guys who’ve been here the longest take most of the stress.”
John Kennedy verdict an interesting take; but Scott Brown will have a role at Celtic regardless
It’s always a role that’s never seemed right for those of us never to have played the game professionally. After all, how can you help coach when you’re actively involved in the game? How can you help make key decisions when so much of the game away from your own position is hazy? When you can’t see what’s going on behind you?
There is also the commitment issue. This is something Kennedy touches on well. You surely have to commit to being either one or the other. That includes first-team coaches outside of the head coach.
It looks like, so long as Kennedy is in charge, this is one avenue that will be closed for Brown. That it’ll end up being a decision whether to be a player or a coach. It’s an either/or choice for the player.
It’s clear from Kennedy’s quotes that he would like to keep the captain in the playing staff. If the decision was Kennedy’s, you could see Brown signing that new two-year deal tomorrow.
But there is too much change to occur between now and the new season for anything to be set in stone. Brown, just like any player, should have to answer to a new manager when it comes to his future. When it comes to whether he’s part of his manager’s plans and whether the boss wants him kept on.
Hopefully that is indeed the case. But for now, it looks like his only role for the current campaign will be to see out his playing deal.