"A world-class manager that'll turn that place upside down"; Exciting comments on Ange & Celtic

By John McGinley

July 3, 2021

Ange Postecoglou’s recent assistant manager Arthur Papas has told Stats Perform Celtic have a world-class manager in the building.

Papas worked with Postecoglou for two years at Yokohama F.Marinos, so is obviously a strong ally of the new Bhoys boss.

He isn’t going to be in the press criticising the move.

However, the way Papas speaks in glowing terms about his friend and former boss is still encouraging.

He’s another who has predicted that Postecoglou is about to blow through Celtic like a hurricane.

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Now managing in his own right at Newcastle Jets, Papas told Stats Perform: “The main thing is he’s been consistent. Consistent in who he is as a person, how he approaches his work and what he believes in – and he believes in himself a lot.

“He is incredibly humble and hardworking, and full of self-belief. But he knows it’s a big job, a difficult job. Celtic are another team who have fallen away in recent times and the pressure is immense, but I do think that’s when he is at his best. He thrives under those conditions. It’s a challenge after being so successful in Japan.”

Supporters have already taken to Postecoglou based on his media conference and early clips of training. It’s true that much of this optimism is essentially blind, but the new manager does seem to have a presence about him that is easy to gravitate towards.

The scale of the challenge ahead remains enormous. The truth is no Celtic supporter really knows what is on the horizon for the club, for Postecoglou or his squad.

Papas predicts success for Ange Postecoglou at Celtic

However, Papas is predicting success, going on to tell Stats Perform: “Every job will have its challenge in the end. The main thing is [Celtic] have got themselves a world-class manager. A manager with a very clear philosophy and someone given the time, like every manager needs. Some use that time extremely well and you see progression, and others unfortunately – because the path isn’t so clear, doesn’t go that way. But given the time, he will be successful there for sure. He will be successful in his own unique way.

“Then, there will be another step after that because that’s just Ange. He doesn’t settle for that place and get comfortable. When he has had a bit of success, he wants more. That’s why he is special at what he does.

New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou will take the squad to Wales next week / (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

“He will go there, it will take some time to engrain his ideas but there’s no doubt they have a world-class manager that will turn that place upside down and get them on the right path.”

Turning everything upside down is exactly what we need. It’s what Celtic fans were craving and calling for long before Postecoglou was a name on our radar.

If he’s given the tools and the resources by the Celtic board to do this, we could be in for very exciting times.

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