Davies joins Rodgers at Celtic – Kennedy to follow?

With Chris Davies appointed as assistant manager to Brendan Rodgers, the coaching team is beginning to take shape. Davies was Rodgers’ assistant at Swansea and Liverpool so the partnership is an established and familiar one.

Both men have had strikingly similar career paths as well. Each retired as youth players through injury and each entered coaching at a young age.

For Brendan, it was Tommy Burns who gave him his opportunity to coach after retiring at the age of 20. For Chris, it was Brendan who gave him his opportunity to coach at Swansea some years after retiring at the age of 19.

The two obioviously knew each other from Reading, where both men’s professional playing careers had ended. It seems Reading is the key link in this affiliation, both having managed the academy but they each gained experience in coaching at other clubs as well.

I now wonder if John Kennedy may be given the chance to return to the fold as a first team coach. He too suffered a career ending injury, albeit after a long and protracted recovery attempt.

That eventually ground to a halt and Kennedy was never the same player. However, he has remained at the club since then, first as scout and then in a coaching capacity.

He knows the current squad from working under Ronny Deila in the first team and would be a useful addition to new coaching team. There is no doubt he can learn as much as he can offer and would enable a smooth transition for first team matters, particularly with things moving so quickly.

It may well be that Kennedy is not required for first team matters. However, Brendan mentioned him in his press conference on Monday so I expect he will provide the management team with some up-to-date insight.

Welcome to the club Chris.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

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12 thoughts on “Davies joins Rodgers at Celtic – Kennedy to follow?

  1. John Kennedy should be kept away from any coaching activity for Celtic.He professed to be the ,defense coach’ under Deila.In over 50 years of supporting this club their era produced one of,if not the,worst defences Celtic have ever had.I would get shot of him.

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  2. John Kennedy should be kept away from any coaching activity for Celtic.He professed to be the ‘defense coach’ under Deila.In over 50 years of supporting this club their era produced one of,if not the,worst defences Celtic have ever had.I would get shot of him.

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  3. John Kennedy admitted himself he was responsible for Celtic defending set pieces.

    I have never seen Such a continual shambles as Celtic defending corner kicks as I saw last season.

    Initially with zonal marking, then with man to man and after we just didn’t do either.

    It was an absolute catastrophe – if he remains with Celtic and I’d like him to, then it can not be beyond under 17’s.

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  4. John Kennedy was promoted far to early to the 1st team management team, John would be better going back a bit to the development squad and keep learning, John Hughes is the guy to get joint assistant manager his enthusiasm and knowledge of SPL football would be a real asset

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  5. I must agree I think john hughes would be a great addition to the staff at Celtic has done good job at Inverness and truly committed to the cause

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  6. John Kennedy will be his 1st mistake..You seen the way he organised the last debacle..Brendan please don’t go there

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  7. Great suggestion regarding Big Yogi! He would be a fantastic addition to the backroom team. His enthusiasm and energy and knowledge would be a tremendous help to Brendan. If it turns out to be Kennedy that will be his first major error.

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  8. Why are they if the story is correct given John kennedy a look in at Celtic Park there are plenty of terrific coaches we can choose from again another one that has had his chance be a supporter JK NO MORE.

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