Ange Postecoglou opens up on how he dealt with early Celtic doubters
‘Sacked by Christmas’ was the shout by many in Scotland when Ange Postecoglou was appointed the new Celtic manager.
However, the 56-year old has come out the other side laughing, having delivered a league and cup double at Parkhead this season.
The Celtic boss was well-aware of his doubters when arriving in Glasgow, but right from the off, he went about his job and proved them all wrong.
Speaking in an interview with Australian radio programme Rowey’s Sports Show, Postecoglou opened up on how he dealt with those early doubters at the beginning of his time at Parkhead.
The former Socceroos boss spoke out about his previous experiences back in Australia and how he learned from that, coming into a new role in Europe.
He said: “I’ve come from the other side of the world; they’ve got no idea (who I am). They don’t see Australia as a sort of bastion of football with the pedigree in terms of managers – I kind of understood that.
“To be fair, I’ve had some fair whacks in Australia as well, mate, from the media there. So, I was well schooled in dealing with it.
“So, it’s never really bothered me, you know. For me, it’s more about you get an opportunity; then, it’s up to me to dispel any doubts that people may have about me.
“The initial bit, that’s just par for the course. You’ve got to go in there, and even if you’ve come in on a white horse and everyone wants you, it doesn’t guarantee success either.
“You’ve got to make sure you deliver when given the opportunity, and that’s always been my focus.”
From his first interview in an early press conference, many Celtic supporters took to Postecoglou right away.
Even after a stuttering start during the opening stages of the season, whilst many were making their calls for when Ange might be sacked, the Hoops fans could see what he was trying to do and get across to the players.
After hearing of so many doubters from other fan bases or pundits in the media, it made Saturday’s trophy celebrations all the more sweeter for Postecoglou and his players.
There should be no doubting the Celtic manager now, as he prepares to head into his second season in charge, along with Champions League group stage football in 2022/23.