New Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has been praised by Pep Guardiola and Brendan Rodgers, swears by his total offensive style of play and has “delivered wherever he is”.
But Celtic fans will be forgiven for reacting like talkSPORT host Alan Brazil to news of his move to Glasgow, after learning he did not have the right coaching qualifications for a job in Europe.
Postecoglou, 55, has been officially named Celtic’s new head coach on a 12-month contract after a failed deal for first-choice Eddie Howe.
News of the club’s move to Postecoglou – who left Japanese club Yokohama F. Marinos to take over in Glasgow – was not welcomed by supporters, who were hoping for the appointment of an established coach to lead their rebuilding. after last season’s disaster under Neil Lennon.
There are also concerns about reports that he may not have the necessary qualifications for the post.
UEFA requires any top manager in a European league to hold UEFA A and B coaching licenses and that a coach begins at least the most advanced course – the UEFA Pro license.
Postecoglou do not hold them, but Celtic have confirmed they were given the green light to take over after the Australian “successfully obtained recognition and approval from UEFA in connection with his issued pro license by Football Australia “.
Postecoglou boasts a successful resume after 25 years in management, which includes numerous trophies in Australia and Japan and successes with the Australian national team.
talkSPORT has been told that Parkhead loyalists should be excited about the Australian’s move to Glasgow, but that did not reassure Celtic fan, former Scottish striker and talkSPORT host Mr Brazil.
Responding to news of Celtic’s initial approach for the former Socceroos manager, the talkSPORT Breakfast presenter said: “I’m not sure I want to read this, to be honest. Is it a liquidation?
“No professional license? Oh, that had to be a liquidation, no! Yokohama? They make motorcycles!
“Angel Postecoglou? Dear, oh dear. He will be a great manager… where do they find these guys? “
“Honestly, I shouldn’t wallow in your despair,” replied Ranger legend Ally McCoist with a cheeky smile, “but I love every minute, it’s fantastic!
“He’s not bad actually, the guy isn’t bad. He is one of the best coaches in Australia.
Ally wasn’t wrong and, in fact, there are plenty of reasons Celtic fans should be excited that Australia’s number one football manager is getting his first big break in European football. .
After all, the former Celtic Rodgers manager is a huge fan.
CV of Angel Postecoglou
South Melbourne – 1999-2000: NSL Premiership, NSL Championship x2, Oceania Club Championship
Australia U17 – 2000-2005: OFC U-17 Championship x3
Australia U20 – 2000-2007: OFC U-20 Championship x3, AFF U-19 Youth Championship
Panachaiki – 2008
Brisbane Roar – 2009-2012: A-League Premiership, A-League Championship x2, longest unbeaten streak in Australian sporting history: 36 games (2011-12)
Melbourne Victory – 2012-2013
Australia – 2013-2017: AFC Asian Cup: 2015
Yokohama F. Marinos – 2018-2021: J1 League
Individual prices: National Football League Coach of the Year, Australian PFA Coach of the Year, A-League Coach of the Year, Australian PFA Coach of the Decade, AFC Coach of the Year
Australian football writer Tom Smithies also joined talkSPORT last week to give us all the background on the little-known coach, and said it would be a “fascinating” date.
Postecoglou won the J-League title during his three years at the helm of Japan’s City Group Yokohama F. Marinos, adding to his A-League title at the head of Brisbane Roar, a Cup victory. from Asia as manager of the Australian national team. as well as guiding the Socceroos to the 2018 World Cup.
“If there is one word I would use to describe it, it would be without compromise,” Smithies told White and Jordan.
“He’s a fascinating character, very successful but also very uncompromising. He was marked by an experience early in his career and since then he has done it his own way.
“He plays a very proactive and very attacking style of football, he has absolute confidence in his own methods, absolute belief in his ability to get his players to play that way and he delivers wherever he has the time.
“He won championships in Australia, he won the Asian Cup with Australia – our Euro equivalent – then he qualified for a World Cup, then he left before the start of the World Cup because he decided he didn’t have the Public support of Australian football, he thought they didn’t like his methods.
“Then he went to Japan and won the J-League playing that style of fantasy football.
“They played a friendly against Manchester City last year and he received rave reviews from Pep Guardiola for the way he was playing.”
Rodgers was also very complimentary of Postecoglou after facing his side Melbourne Victory during the Northern Irishman’s career as Liverpool manager.
After a pre-season friendly in Australia, the current Leicester City and former Celtic boss said: “Their coach is exceptional. I’ve had a few discussions with him, and to see his team play he looks a lot like me and he thinks the game should be played a certain way.
“You can see the team are very well trained so we knew it was going to be a tough game for us.”
Smithies added: “If he moves to Celtic it will be entertaining for both good and bad reasons.
“He doesn’t like criticism, he has a bit of a hard time accepting the Australians being recognized and thinks that if he coaches a European team he will get more kudos.
“But also, he’s a very civilized guy, he’s not a town crier and a town crier, he likes to chat and will always engage.
“I’ve written critical things about him in the past and we’ve always had a good entry after that.
“But now he’s going to bow to anyone, he’ll do things his way and no matter if he doesn’t get results, he won’t change his style of play.”
“We all know the cauldron he will go in if he gets the Celtic job, if the results aren’t quick he won’t change, but it will be fascinating to see how Celtic keep their cool – there are already question marks on the part of the Celtic faithful about his appointment.
“I think he deserves this chance. He is a great thinker of the game.
“Whether Celtic are willing to give him the time it might take to get his methods implemented in this team is another question. “