Celtic: Frank McAvennie says Hoops job is ‘too big’ for John Kennedy

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Former Celtic and Scotland striker Frank McAvennie has said the Celtic job is ‘too big’ for current caretaker manager John Kennedy. 

Having been put in temporary charge at Celtic Park following the resignation of Neil Lennon in February, Kennedy is unbeaten in his four games in the dugout.

However, five-cap Scotland man McAvennie has told Football FanCast that the managerial hot seat at Parkhead on a permanent basis would be a step too far for the former Scotland centre-back.

“No disrespect to John, I think Celtic is too big a club. Neil Lennon done it, but Neil was such a legend,” McAvennie told FFC. “He had that behind him, so the fans gave him time, but they won’t give John time because he’s not held in the same regard.

“I think he might be a good manager, but I don’t know him well enough to say what his persona is, but he has got to liven up. If you walked into a dressing room, I wouldn’t be inspired, I would want someone to come in and fire me up.

“I think he might be a good manager, but he’s seen off four managers. I would think it’s time to go away, do something different, manage a lower league team, like Hamilton, Dundee, Dundee United. You’re going to get time at other jobs, but you won’t get time at Celtic.”

Kennedy oversaw a 3-0 Scottish Cup third-round victory over Falkirk on Saturday and is set to remain in charge for Celtic’s final five Scottish Premiership fixtures.

Who would you prefer to get the Celtic job?

Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe

John Kennedy

John Kennedy

Eddie Howe is the other name very much in the frame for the vacant managerial post, who like Kennedy, is another young coach, albeit one with markedly more managerial experience.

The Celtic job is one of huge magnitude and whoever comes in will be immediately tasked with turning around the tables at the top of the Scottish Premiership, a task that may prove beyond someone without a first-team manager role behind him.

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