Australian manager Ange Postecoglou is today firming as the favourite to take over Scottish giants Celtic as he enters ‘advanced talks’ with the club.
The potential move comes after former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe’s proposed deal to take over at Parkhead fell through. Should he be successful in his bid to installed as manager of Celtic, it would represent the biggest yet best challenge of his managerial career.
Postecoglou is no stranger to success as a manager. His stint with the Brisbane Roar between 2009-2012 was incredibly successful, to say the least. During his two and a half years at the club, Postecoglou won back-to-back titles and qualified for the AFC Champions League in both seasons in charge.
Perhaps his best achievement during his time with the Roar was in his first season in charge.
He masterminded a 36-game unbeaten run in 2010-11 en route to winning the Championship and in doing so, broke the Australian football code record for the longest unbeaten streak ever. The record was previously held by rugby league team Eastern Suburbs. The record stood for a remarkable 74 years until Postecoglou and his team broke it.
On April 24 2012, Postecoglou left his post at the Roar and headed down south to take the reigns of the Melbourne Victory on a three-year deal. He led the Victory to a Preliminary Final appearance the following year (2013) where they were knocked out by the Central Coast Mariners 2-0.
After a successful club career, Postecoglou took control of the national team
In October of 2013, Postecoglou was then appointed as the national team boss of Australia.
He coached the Socceroos at the 2014 World Cup, in which they failed to make it out of the group stage, however, he and his team were lauded for their efforts. In a group that featured Spain, the Netherlands, and Chile, the Socceroos did not lose any admirers as they finished third in the group stage standings.
The following year, Postecoglou led Australia to a 2015 Asian Cup triumph as they defeated South Korea 2-1 in extra time. Then in 2017, after managing to secure qualification for the 2018 World Cup, Postecoglou resigned as Socceroos coach.
In that same year, he found his way to Japan and in charge of Yokohama F. Marinos. After a rather difficult start to life in Asia, Postecoglou managed to guide Yokohama to the final of the J-League Cup and a league position of 12thin his first year.
Just two years later. he would make history.
In 2019, Postecoglou guided Yokohama to the league title and their first in 15 years. In doing so, he became the only Australian coach to win a league title in Japan.
Celtic eye Ange
Now it seems his exploits in Asia have caught the attention of Scottish giants Celtic. Several news outlets have reported that the Australian coach is in advanced talks with the Scottish side to become their new manager.
Perhaps his efforts with Yokohama have been the deciding factor in his favouritism as the club was struggling mightily before he took over. In just his second year he took them to the title, just 12 months after they were facing potential relegation.
Should Postecoglou take over, it would represent another chance for an Australian to make their mark in Europe.
Both Kevin Muscat (Belgian Pro League team Sint-Truidense) and Tony Popovic (Greek Super League 2 side Xanthi FC) have both had managerial jobs but failed to keep them. Muscat was sacked just 14 games into his tenure while Popovic lasted just nine games in charge.
Should the 55-year-old get the nod, it would be an incredible stride in paving the way for others to follow in his footsteps.
Although talks are said to be at an advanced stage, Postecoglou still has to get the job. If he does. It would be an incredible feat for a coach who is deserving of taking his coaching talents to one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
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