One of the former Wolves players who helped secure promotion has chosen to step down from his position as the manager of a League One club. This former Wolves defender has decided to depart from his role as the head coach of a League One team.
Several ex-Wolverhampton Wanderers players have transitioned into coaching and management roles, but one of them has now made the decision to resign. Mark Kennedy, a defender known for his play-off success, has left his post at Lincoln City. The announcement of his departure was made by the Imps on a Wednesday evening. Interestingly, this move comes even though he had three years remaining on his initial four-year contract with the club.
Liam Scully, the CEO of Lincoln, expressed gratitude in a club statement, stating, “Everyone at the club thanks Mark and Danny for their contributions to the Imps during their time with us. We wish them success in their future coaching careers and bid them farewell with our appreciation and best wishes.”
In response to Kennedy’s departure, Tom Saw, a former midfielder from Nuneaton, Tamworth, and Kidderminster, will temporarily oversee the first-team responsibilities while the club searches for a replacement.
Kennedy had been at the helm of Sincil Bank since the summer of 2022 and managed a total of 73 matches during his 17-month tenure. He secured 25 victories, 27 draws, and faced 21 defeats. Under his leadership, Lincoln achieved an 11th-placed finish in the 2022/23 season, but at the time of his departure, they were positioned 16th in the standings. Notably, he guided Lincoln to a 2-0 victory over his former club’s under-21 side in the EFL Trophy just the previous week.
Lincoln City marked the second managerial role in Kennedy’s career, following a brief stint at Macclesfield Town, which ended when the club was wound up in September 2020. He subsequently assisted Lee Bowyer at Birmingham City before taking up the position at Lincoln. Before his roles at Macclesfield and Lincoln, he worked with Wolves’ under-23 team in 2019 and also had coaching roles with his former clubs Ipswich and Manchester City.
Kennedy, who spent five years as a player at Molineux, played a pivotal role in Wolves’ promotion to the Premier League in 2003. Over his career, he made 187 appearances, scoring 14 goals and providing six assists. He also had stints at other clubs, including Crystal Palace, Cardiff City, Manchester City, Liverpool, Millwall, and QPR.
In other news, Mike Williamson has been named the new first-team manager of MK Dons. The 39-year-old emerged as the early favorite for the League Two position and left his role at Gateshead to take on his first managerial role in the English Football League.