Ange Postecoglou has bid farewell to Yokohama F Marinos after being appointed manager of Celtic and says he can use the experience gained during his tenure at the Japanese club in his new role at Parkhead.
The 55-year-old was named Neil Lennon’s successor on Thursday on a rolling 12-month contract. The Hoops were in talks with Eddie Howe but negotiations with the former Bournemouth boss failed.
Postecoglou, who led the Australian national team from 2013 to 2017, is leaving Yokohama F Marinos after guiding them to the J1 League title in 2019, the club’s first league title in 15 years.
The former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory head coach is tasked with reclaiming the top Scottish title next season after Rangers cut Celtic’s bid for 10 in a row this season.
During his last press conference in Marinos, Postecoglou said he was proud of his achievements in the J1 League and gave insight into his management style after agreeing to take on a new challenge with Celtic.
Reflecting on his time at the club, Postecoglou said: “I came here with a vision of what we wanted to create and we have built a very good base for a club which is now considered a club which has been successful but which also plays football It’s fun for everyone to watch It’s been a fantastic three and a half years.
“Obviously [I’m] delighted with the new opportunity that awaits me but also sad to leave great people with whom I shared the trip but at the same time I know that I will always be connected to this football club
“We have created something special at club soccer. I constantly talk to them (the players) about creating a legacy for themselves. We all have careers that start and end at some point, but that It’s always nice during your career if you can do things that you will remember well beyond your departure.
“It hasn’t been easy for the players because I challenge them to play a certain way which is very different. Sometimes it exposes them and the daily training is very demanding but all the players wanted to learn and improve and were willing to take risks, knowing that if mistakes were made, I would take responsibility for them.
“I’ve been in this position for a very long time. I just think my experiences in football and in life have given me a certain way of thinking and a certain outlook.
“I have always seen this as my main role – using the experience I have gained to convey the best possible advice and guidance to those around me – the players and staff and everyone who works alongside me. I think the only thing people know is just who I am. I’m not trying to play a role or be someone else – it’s just me as a person. the best way to help people. “