A lot of people have been surprised about the timing of Kenny’s departure from Livingston, but I reckon it’s absolutely right.
He’s better doing it now than later in the season when the club could, and probably will, be involved in a relegation battle. It’d be too much for Kenny, and both he and the club would suffer.
A club like Livingston needs more from their manager, in terms of all-round involvement. While, for a pro like Kenny, it’d be impossible for him to do what he does as a player alongside the management.
I was player-manager at Coventry City and, I’ve got to say, it was probably the most draining few months of my life. I was falling asleep at my desk.
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I’d always been big on my preparation, and Kenny is the same. As a player, especially at the age Kenny’s at just now, you have your regime and a lot of it is about rest.
But, being a manager as well, you’ve got so much to do, with things coming at you from all angles – you’ve got to speak to the youth coaches, do the media stuff, have meetings with the chairman.
I’ve worked with Kenny a lot, I know what he’s like and he’ll have been the same as me – wanting to do all the managing and all the playing.
He might have been able to do that somewhere like Rangers, or a bigger club, where you have a bigger team of staff around you.
It requires a certain amount of management.
But, with respect to Livingston, they’re not a huge club, and the manager is expected to help with a lot more than just the first team.
So, it sounds like Kenny ended up being caught between the two, doing just enough to be called a player, and just enough to be called a manager, cutting it short on both sides.
Management is non-stop. Even though it’s not physical, the mental side is really draining.
You get very little sleep as a manager, so that cuts into your lifestyle as a player – particularly if you’re coming to the end of your career, like Kenny, and you need to properly rest to get the best out of yourself.See all your Scottish Premiership odds on paddypower.com