Ange Postecoglou addresses not bringing backroom staff to Celtic Park

By David Walton

May 18, 2022

Ange Postecoglou has stated he can understand why people ask about him not bringing backroom staff with him to Parkhead, but has explained he works better that way.

Ange shocked the Celtic support when he arrived by refusing to bring any of his former aids from Yokohama Marinos. Instead, the likes of John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan remained in their posts, with Ange refusing to get rid of the current staff.

It left question marks over whether he could truly be a success if he had remnants of a failed regime working away in the background. But fast forward just under a year and we’re sitting here as double winners and a Champions League club once again.

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The Celtic boss has been speaking about his decision not to bring any of his former allies to Parkhead in an interview with Australian podcast Football From A to Z. And in the interview published today, the manager explains in-depth why he continues not to bring old staff to new clubs:

“People know me. I started at South Melbourne on my own, I went to Brisbane on my own, I went to [Melbourne] Victory on my own. In the national team, I brought Pete Cklamovski with me and took him to Japan. He was the only one that sort of stuck with me a little bit and then he went off and got a job.

“So the reality is that most of the assistant coaches I’ve had are now full-time coaches and that’s the way I wanted it all along. I just prefer it that way. I coach better that way and I love the fact that I can work with new people and get them to believe in what I want to do.

“But I get why it’s kind of peculiar or unique when you consider that it’s pretty standard practice that people do move around. Maybe I’ll save that for my last job when all the guys I’ve had as coaches all want to join me when I finally go to Mykonos and take over the side there. I’ll get the entourage going there.”

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Ange Postecoglou explains preference for not bringing old coaching staff to new clubs

This clearly isn’t a Celtic-specific thing. Clearly not a dig at any of his old coaches or down to any notion that they aren’t good enough to do a job under Ange in Glasgow.

Instead, it’s just a policy Ange has himself. He gets more of a kick out of implementing his style on the coaching staff already at his newest club.

It’ll likely be the same when he decides to leave Celtic too. Don’t expect Kennedy or Strachan to follow Ange out the exit door to wherever he ends up next. It’s evidently something the Celtic boss feels is important when it comes to putting a stamp in any new job.

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Not that Ange hasn’t been making tweaks to the club of course. He brought in Anton McElhone as his Head of Sport Science for example. And whilst other additions will likely arrive at the appropriate time, it doesn’t sound as if we should expect a new assistant or first-team coach anytime soon.

And Ange’s success has shown that there’s no reason to rock the boat either. Had we failed to win the league championship, this is likely a stick that would’ve been used to beat him with. But so far, there’s absolutely no reason to question his decision.

In other news, Celtic’s Liel Abada defends Scottish football in foreign media interview