Ange Postecoglou has been announced as the new manager of Celtic Football Club.
Not only that, he’s immediately endeared himself to the club’s supporters. With a history of attacking football, including the dominant Jock Stein sides of the 60s and 70s, through to the modern day, Postecoglou sounds right up for maintaining that tradition.
He told Celtic fans about his philosophy [Celtic TV]:
“It’s something that’s easy to say; I think for the most part, that’s the kind of football people like to watch. I’ve had a passion for the game from a very young age. It was thrust upon me by my father, and he loved the entertainers. I had Kenny Dalglish posters all over my wall, mate.
“I knew the moment I started my coaching career that I wanted to produce football teams that A, my father would like to watch, but that people would like to watch.
“You obviously have to be successful in this game, I wouldn’t have lasted this long if I wasn’t successful. I have a real clear idea on how I want my football teams to play, and that is to make sure our supporters don’t sit down for 90 minutes.”
“When I get there, I’ll have done a lot of work anyway” claims Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou
Postecoglou continued [Celtic TV]:
“I’ve been in constant contact with the club’s CEO, me and Dominic [McKay] already have a really good relationship going. He’s given me a really good outline of where the club’s at, at the moment, and what the priorities are from a playing point of view and a staffing point of view.
“When I get there, I’ll have done a lot of work anyway. Because I really think from the moment I sort of touch ground there, I’ll get in amongst it and have as much information as possible, so I can make the best decisions for the football club moving forward.”
Call us shallow if you like, but this is encouraging stuff. While any manager can talk in vague platitudes about the club, and its history, Ange Postecoglou seems to actually know his stuff. The fact he had posters of King Kenny on his wall can only be a positive.
His relationship with Dominic McKay is also very encouraging. It’s good news for Celtic fans that McKay was leading the chase for Postecoglou; that he’s the one making the big decisions at the club now.
Don’t know about you, but we’re very excited. Welcome to the Age of Ange.