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  • Manager: John Kennedy and Damien Duff vital for quick transition

    Manager: John Kennedy and Damien Duff vital for quick transition

    By: Joe Donnelly on 27 Feb, 2019 12:31

  • NEIL Lennon and John Kennedy addressed the media for the first time since taking charge of Celtic today, and the new Hoops boss stressed how important both his assistant and new first-team coach Damien Duff will be during his transition period.

    The manager aims to embed himself as quickly as possible at Paradise, and described the top job as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that he’s been fortunate enough to have been considered for twice.

    “It was a no-brainer,” said Neil Lennon of taking on the job for a second time. “I’m very grateful to be here, to the board, to Peter Lawwell, to Mr Desmond to all put faith in me to see out the season. It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours, and the most important thing is the club. I’ve got big shoes to fill, obviously, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

    “I’ll be leaning on John a lot. He knows the machinations of the current squad, and I’ll be relying on John and Damien, very much so. They’re going to be essential to the transition.”

    Neil Lennon said he faces a new challenge in different circumstances from when he took over from Tony Mowbray in 2010, and that he knows how quickly he must adapt as the Hoops chase a third consecutive domestic treble.

    Echoing his own words yesterday (Tuesday), and those of assistant John Kennedy, the manager said his appointment isn’t about individuals, but is solely about the club itself. As for his approach on the pitch, Neil Lennon is keen to implement attacking-minded football, consistent with both his and Celtic’s signature style.        

    “This is a club that means a hell of a lot to me – as a player and as a manager,” Neil Lennon added. “It’s a privilege. These opportunities come around once in a lifetime, and for me it’s come up twice. I’ve mellowed as a manager a bit since I last took over, but I’ve still got the energy and the will to win.

    “I have my own way, I’m always learning and that will go on. It’ll be good to watch great players train every day. I know the culture of the club, and I hope it won’t take too long to get back into the mix of things. I’ll keep the current style, and I don’t think it’s too different to what I do. Attacking football is the DNA of the club.”

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