According to various reports, Celtic have agreed compensation with Yokohama Marinos for their manager Ange Postecoglou. Barring a last minute hitch (see Eddie Howe for reference that any managerial appointment isn’t a done deal until it’s officially announced) the Greek-born Australian will be the 19th permanent Celtic manager.
In this article, we explore how Postecoglou views himself and what two key former players at club and international level have said about his personality and methods.
Does think he will succeed in European Football?
In an interview with Optus Sport in 2019, Postecoglou emphatically stated that he believes that he can succeed wherever he manages in the future.
“Wherever it is I’ll do what I’ve always done and tackle it head on.
“I know I’ll be successful. I don’t say that sort of in an arrogant way, I just know that what I do and the way I get my teams to play and the belief that I can instill in people … the fact that I’m Australian or geography isn’t going to stop me from believing I can succeed wherever I am.”
What motivates Postecoglou?
Speaking to ABC‘s Offsiders program, Postecoglou spoke about his love of sport and helping young players reach their dreams as his main motivation.
“For me, I love the joy of sport, any sport.
I love seeing young people – men and women – realising their dreams and tackling things without fear. That’s what gets me up every morning.
I’ve dodged having a real job my whole life and as long as that continues I feel very blessed.”
What do his former players say about him?
Former Hibernian midfielder Mark Milligan played under Ange Postecoglou in club football with Melbourne Victory and at international level with the Australian National team. He rates Postecoglou very highly and believes a deal for him to become Celtic manager would work well for both parties.
He told the Sunday Morning Herald, “I don’t think it’ll take long for the Celtic fans and the people of Scotland to understand what he’ll bring, and what the team will be about.
I haven’t worked under him for a long time but I’ve got a fair idea from working at both club and international level of the way he works.
It doesn’t look like that’s wavered over the last few years, the way his Yokohama team play.
Giving him the quality of player that Celtic provide is only going to enhance his reputation.”
Milligan’s view appears to be backed up by former Premier League footballer and former Australia captain Tim Cahill who praised Postecoglou as a natural leader with total belief in himself and his players.
“His leadership and beliefs are infectious and I’m proud that I had the chance to share his journey with him and witness his love for our country.
“The most important part was the belief he instilled in us to play a style of football that could test any team we came up against.
“This for me sets Ange apart as someone that stayed strong to his values of changing the game in Australia.
“His saying that will stay with me forever is NEVER TAKE A BACKWARDS STEP.”
Sources used in this article: Optus Sport, Sunday Morning Herald and Tim Cahill / Instagram.