John Kennedy is in the running for the Hibs job; that’s the whisper tonight and if it turns out to be true he should go and not look back … but he should make damned sure that the Easter Road club is committed to giving him at least a season before he does.
I wrote about them today; their chairman took an astonishing decision last night to dispense with Shaun Maloney. Football is an unsentimental business, but the verdict was not so much brutal as it was unbelievably short-sighted. Kennedy would need to be wary.
But still, if he’s handed an opportunity like this it’s too good to turn down.
There’s a chance that Scott Brown might join him as well in a potential “dream-team” which their fans might well be inclined to accept. The move is a good one for him.
Kennedy has clearly worked well with Ange.
We cannot guarantee that whoever came in to replace him would be equally as effective … but there are still clear areas of our team where we’re not as sharp as we might be. Set pieces remain a worry. Cross balls remain a big problem, as the cup semi-final demonstrated. Change would not necessarily be a disaster.
For the guy’s own sake, he should consider it.
Does he want to be a number two forever, or does he want to get out there and chart his own course? Another Celtic minded manager in the league would be no bad thing as well … better than some Derek McInnes type who will turn Hibs into a defensive side that won’t try a leg at grounds like Ibrox.
I would like to see him do this, and I suspect many Celtic fans feel the same way.
If the big guy gets the chance to go and does nobody will accuse him of disloyalty. Ange will wish him well and warmly congratulate him, and then find himself a new assistant.
And things will change, at Hibs and at Celtic and probably for the better. Kennedy has given our club the whole of his professional life. We have given him a place at the table after an injury stopped him being the player was meant to be, one of the finest of his generation.
This would not be a bitter parting of the ways. It’s right for everybody.
If this isn’t just paper talk this is what our assistant manager has been waiting for.