Ange describes his immense Celtic job satisfaction; what he'd do without football

By Euan Davidson

March 11, 2022

The most satisfying part of Ange Postecoglou’s job at Celtic?

It’s not a “real job”.

Or at least, so the popular manager says. After being asked by a supporter what the most enjoyable part of being in the Hoops dugout was, Ange gave a typically honest and out-of-the-box answer. For the Greek-Australian, he’s living the dream, and it beats his alternative career path.

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However, he doesn’t need to worry about what he’d do outside of football these days. In a world without football, though, Ange suggested a role that you can absolutely see him doing.

In an interview with Celtic’s in-house media, Ange Postecoglou said [Celtic FC]: “Just being able to do something that I don’t consider a job [is the most satisfying thing].

“I’ve dodged having a real job for quite a long time. What I do is my passion. Every morning I get up and look forward to the day ahead, which I know I’m blessed to do.

“I’ve been fairly one-dimensional in my life in terms of where my passions lie. Just thinking, my nature and the way I am, I’d probably be a teacher [if not a football manager], I think that’s where I’d end up. I just love working with people, and sort of guiding through the challenges of life.”

Be honest – you can absolutely see it, can’t you?

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Ange Postecoglou is living his dream at Celtic, long may it continue

Thank goodness we live in a world where Ange Postecoglou isn’t a school teacher, and football worked out for him. He’d surely say the same.

You can definitely see it, though. Imagine handing in late homework for Ange, it’d be terrifying. And not because he’d shout and bawl at you, but you’d let him down. There’d be a definite Dead Poets Society vibe, that’s for sure.

Maybe getting carried away with the “heavy paternal vibes” my colleague John McGinley referred to yesterday!

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Either way, you can absolutely tell Ange Postecoglou is relishing his task at Celtic. On a fundamental level, he’s managing in Europe at a massive club, a big box ticked in his career. He’s at a club with a support that mirrors his own values and perspectives on society.

He’s working with players who either have a chip on their shoulder, have something to prove, or he’s nurturing young, talented players. That’s surely extremely enjoyable.

That, and he gets to toy with the media on a regular basis. Like yesterday, when he took the pundit class to task for the obsession over refereeing decisions.

Ange Postecoglou seems like a man who’s truly happy where he is. That morale very obviously rubs off on his players; there’s an excellent spirit and attitude coming out of the Celtic squad on a weekly, sometimes twice-weekly basis.

Long may it continue. Lest he have to find “a real job”.

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