Australian coach Ange Postecoglou and the Celtic FC manager role has been the worst kept secret of the last week.
It is perhaps the biggest challenge in his managerial career so far, the Scottish powerhouse set to be one of the biggest clubs he has ever managed.
The new Australian coach spoke with Celtic TV and can’t wait to get started. Postecoglou stated he has always followed the club because of the Australian contingent that has passed through its doors.
“From my perspective, when I get there I’ll have done a lot of work anyway because I really think from the moment I touch ground there, I’ll get in amongst it and get as much information as possible so I can make the best decisions for the club moving forward,” he said.
“I’ve always followed the club’s fortunes anyway. We’ve always had an Australian connection with Tom Rogic and I’ve always followed his career. Daniel Arzani was there and before that people like Scott McDonald and Marc Viduka.
“It’s a club I’ve followed for a long time so I’ve had a look at their performances last year and have an idea of where we’re at. We have a lot of work to do for sure and there are some big games coming up.
“We want to start the season really positively. There’s no magic formula for that, it’s just hard work and once I get there I can’t wait to get to work with the staff and the players.
“That’s the exciting bit for me, and my job is to make sure they all realise their potential and hopefully produce something special for the club.”
Celtic fan base unsure of Postecoglou
Postecoglou’s appointment has caused some angst among the fan base and former players, simply around the fact that the Australian has never managed a club of this stature before.
However make no mistake, they are getting a manager that knows what he is doing. Postecoglou has had success wherever he has gone.
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Perhaps it could be the fact that normally in world football, a new manager will be given a two or three-year deal.
What is rather odd is that the Scottish giants have given Postecoglou a 12-month rolling contract. This potentially suggests that they might not be as comfortable with the Australian coach as they seem.
Either way, Australian football is being put firmly front and centre on the world stage at the moment via Postecoglou’s appointment, Martin Boyle’s selection in the SPL’s Team of the Year and the Socceroos dominating their World Cup Qualifying group.
It seems, at least for now, that the sleeping giant that is Australian football is making a name for itself in more ways than one.
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