Celtic journalist Kieran Devlin has recently talked about Gavin Strachan and he has revealed a key detail about the club’s coach.
Devlin made an appearance on the latest episode of the Celtic Huddle podcast and panel discussed multiple issues involving the Hoops and the departure of Neil Lennon. One topic of discussion was the lack of support for Lennon during his tenure and Devlin revealed that while Strachan was appointed by the Bhoys, he was a John Kennedy appointment.
Lennon left the club on Wednesday following Celtic’s loss to Ross County. Kennedy is set to take over on an interim basis. Strachan meanwhile, came to the club as a coach last summer and at that point, Lennon had hailed him as a ‘excellent appointment’.
Was Lennon let down by the Celtic board?
Devlin said that the Celtic board didn’t want to give Lennon full control of things and Strachan’s appointment wasn’t exactly his own either.
The Athletic journalist said (17:41): “I do think there was reluctance to give a manager that level of control again. As we saw, [Brendan] Rodgers left with most of the backroom, a lot of the scouting resources, a lot of the analytics resources and I do wonder if the club wanted some degree of control over that situation. Having John Kennedy there and I’ve heard that Gavin Strachan was more of Kennedy’s guy than Lennon’s, I think they didn’t double down on Lennon, they didn’t give him the full support.”
TIF Thoughts on Strachan…
Lennon’s staff included Kennedy, but the Scotsman has been at Parkhead in multiple roles over the years – apart from having taken charge on an interim basis now.
Stevie Woods has also been at the club in multiple roles since as back as 2007, which shows that even he wasn’t a Lennon appointment and he was already at Parkhead in some capacity.
While that might be unfair on Lennon, the fact that Strachan is now at the club alongside Kennedy, perhaps they can operate at the same wavelength and take the club forward.