Celtic should allow their next manager to bring in his own backroom staff, according to Frank McAvennie.

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, wants there to be a clear out behind the scenes at Celtic Park, including long-serving assistant manager and current caretaker boss John Kennedy.

Neil Lennon resigned as Hoops boss on Wednesday morning with the club 18 points behind Rangers in the Scottish Premiership.


It was the 49-year-old’s second stint as manager at Paradise but, unlike his first spell in charge, he was not allowed to bring his backroom team with him.

Throughout his second tenure, McAvennie criticised the club for not allowing Lennon to bring in his own man, someone he could talk to on a more personal level.

When asked by Football Insider if the next manager of Celtic should be allowed to bring in his own backroom team, McAvennie said:

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“There needs to be a clear out of the backroom staff as well as the players.

“Whoever comes in needs to bring their own backroom staff, definitely. Whoever comes in would want to bring their own staff with them and rightly so.

“That is why I do not think John Kennedy will be at the club much longer. John got a bad injury and the club kept him on as a coach but I think it is now time for him to go on his own.”

In other news, Frank McAvennie names four senior players who he will not be at Celtic Park next season.