Ange Postecoglou provides fascinating insight into reasoning behind Celtic staff decisions

By Lewis Laird

August 19, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has once again opened up on the reason he chose to inherit his backroom staff at Parkhead.

One of the main questions upon the 56-year-old’s appointment as Celtic manager last summer was surrounding who would make up his backroom team.

Rumours floating around suggested that the former Socceroos boss may look to bring in a member of staff from one of his previous managerial roles.

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However, Postecoglou decided to stick with the current coaching team, made up of John Kennedy, Gavin Strachan, Stephen McManus and Stevie Woods.

At first, that decision was criticised by sections of the support after a disappointing campaign the season previous. But, that perception was quickly turned around when Ange and his coaching staff helped the Bhoys on their way to a league and cup double.

In the summer, Postecoglou did add his own take to the backroom team, bringing former Liverpool and Leeds player Harry Kewell in place of Stephen McManus, who stepped down to the youth set-up.

In a recent interview, Kewell was asked for his thoughts on the Celtic managers’ training and the incredibly high standards he holds, and the Socceroos legend was full of praise for Postecoglou.

During the press conference ahead of Sunday’s game against Hearts, Kewell’s interview was raised as part of an interesting question put to Ange.

The Celtic manager provided a fascinating response, explaining why he feels it is best for him to change up who he is working alongside behind the scenes at each club.

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He told reporters [HomeBhoys]: “It’s pretty well chronicled that I kinda don’t take a crew of people around with me because I think every environment I’ve been in, I have worked with different people, new people, and I think you always learn.

“People having different personalities, characters, different upbringings, different knowledge about the game. For me, whilst I’ve been doing this for a very long time, I am always looking for areas where I can expose myself, like I said to different kinds of scenarios and different people.

“So that I can continue my growth both as a manager and a person, and I think that’s the way you do it. When I came in (to Celtic), I inherited most of the football staff, coaches and other stuff; it’s been great working with them, and I’ve enjoyed working with them.

“It keeps me on my toes because if I had a group of people who went around me as a coaching group, then I wouldn’t have to convince them about what we’re going to do.

“When I came in here, not just the players but also the staff, I had to get them to believe in the football team I want us to be and the football we want to play. I enjoy that challenge of getting people to believe in the direction we’re gonna head.”

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For the majority of managers across the globe, it is quite likely that you will find at least one member of staff who goes with them to every job.

Not Ange Postecoglou.

The Celtic manager explained brilliantly in his answer exactly why he doesn’t feel the need to follow that trend, and it is really interesting to hear how the different staff he has worked with have helped him grow not only as a manager but also as a person.

Even in adding a new twist to the staff with Harry Kewell’s introduction this summer, it is still an assistant coach that Ange has never worked alongside in the dugout.

This method has certainly worked well for Postecoglou, having achieved success in almost every job he has entered as a manager.

Long may it continue, and hopefully, we can keep seeing the Celtic backroom staff achieve success alongside each other this season!

In other news, Report: EFL side want Celtic talent on loan.