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.