After the 6-0 demolition of Livingston yesterday, the touting for John Kennedy to become the permanent Celtic boss has started up again.
Over a week ago this was unthinkable. Fans were left raging with Celtic having failed to beat Dundee Utd and Rangers in back-to-back matches. The result left us handing over the title in embarrassingly weak fashion.
However, since then, Celtic have hammered home nine goals without reply. Falkirk were put to the sword with a 3-0 success before Livi left Glasgow battered and bruised. All of a sudden, Kennedy is being spoken about as a potential option should Eddie Howe walk away.
Livingston boss David Martindale was the first to kickstart the topic after yesterday’s game. McFadden, however, has added his name to the Kennedy admiration list. And he believes, if Howe drags on any further, Kennedy deserves to be given a shot.
Speaking on BBC Sportscene, McFadden said: “I think the longer it drags out – and we don’t know what the hold up is – Eddie Howe has obviously been identified as the number one target and we’re lead to believe the wait is down to a staffing issue. And when managers get to a certain stage in their career they’re non-negotiable about their staff.
“So if Eddie Howe feels it’s not right and doesn’t get the people he wants in then he might walk away. Likewise for Celtic if it drags out for long enough they might walk away.
“John Kennedy has been left to steady the ship and slowly but surely he’s building on those performances. To get the goals in the manner they did against Livingston will do his chances no harm. If he’s given until the end of the season and he wins a cup – I know a lot of Celtic fans will say they want freshness coming into the club – but John Kennedy can only do what’s there to be done. If they don’t get the man they want then I don’t see why it can’t be John Kennedy who takes over.”
John Kennedy doing his reputation no harm; but no run of results should see him become Celtic boss
If anything is proof that a week is a long time in football, it’s the sudden calls for Kennedy to be considered for the job certainly qualifies.
The interim boss did his reputation no harm yesterday as he overcame Livingston with total ease. He’s bagged our biggest win of the domestic campaign and joint-biggest of the season overall. Only our 6-0 win over KR Reykjavik in Champions League qualifying matches it.
That’s all well and good. But the job next season remains a massive one. You simply can’t go from someone like Eddie Howe to John Kennedy just because a few games have been won. To put it into perspective, Neil Lennon likely would’ve won a few games between his sacking and the end of the season – it doesn’t mean he will have deserved to stay on.
Kennedy, should he decide management is the next step, needs to go elsewhere this summer. His reputation will ensure there are clubs lining up to offer him interviews. Especially given both the vast number of roles he’s held at Parkhead combined with the number of coaches and managers he’s worked alongside/under.
But spare us the idea that John should be considered for the gig this summer. We’re seeing how fickle football can be at times. One big win can change how everyone looks at you, and that’s something Kennedy will find out after yesterday’s success.
However, the next step for John has to be the right one. He’s still shown a host of mistakes that were present against Dundee United, Rangers, and even Falkirk to an extent. So considering him for the job permanently? We need to be more sensible than that.