According to RecordSport on Tuesday afternoon, Hearts have put Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy on their shortlist to be the next Tynecastle manager. However, it remains to be seen whether he would consider leaving his current position at Celtic.
At present, Steven Naismith is the interim manager of Hearts, having stepped into Robbie Neilson’s shoes. Naismith’s future in the role could be secured if he successfully guides the team to a third-place finish in the Scottish Premiership, with only two games left in the season. However, with Aberdeen being the favourites to clinch the third spot, Hearts’ management is considering other options.
Hearts’ sporting director Joe Savage and club chief Ann Budge are actively assessing their options. Kennedy, aged 39, has emerged as a potential candidate due to his significant contributions to the Celtic coaching team, where he has worked under Rodgers, Neil Lennon, and now Postecoglou.
Kennedy’s work at Celtic has not gone unnoticed. Hearts’ rivals, Hibs, previously attempted to secure him as their manager, an offer he declined according to RecordSport. However, if Hearts were to propose a managerial role, it could put Kennedy’s resolve to the test once more.
As the season draws to a close, Hearts’ management is keen to secure a strong leadership team for the next season. Whether Kennedy will be part of this new setup remains to be seen.