Ange's former player explains why Celtic boss didn't bring staff with him
After the rigmarole Celtic had with Eddie Howe and his staff, it was extra surprising when Ange Postecoglou arrived alone at Paradise.
It seemed incredibly surprising. Almost, you could argue, out of step with modern football. But one of his former players, Thomas Broich, has lifted the lid on chats he’s had with Postecoglou. Specifically, regarding Ange’s particularly steadfast approach to the staff around him, and the energy he wanted to bring to Celtic Park.
Broich played under Ange Postecoglou at Brisbane Roar, where Ange would change the face of Australian football. The German ex-pro, now a Head of Methodology at Hertha Berlin, still keeps in touch with Ange, having won titles with the Celtic boss in the A League.
Broich shared the mentality of Postecoglou regarding the staffing issue at Celtic. Broich said [Scottish Daily Mail, print edition, 06/01/22 p.84]: “I’m actually quite surprised it’s working so well already.
“And he did it by himself… he didn’t bring anyone with him. I asked him about that, why he didn’t insist on working with people he already knew and trusted.
“He told me: “My job was to convince the people here to set this club on fire with excitement, create some passion and vision”. He liked that challenge, to win people over to his way of seeing football.
“Who does that nowadays? Normally coaches bring in a team of ten people! He did it completely by himself. He’s a remarkable man. Incredible.”
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“Remarkable” Ange Postecoglou loved by Celtic fans, and it’s no wonder why
It’s still utterly astounding that Ange Postecoglou came to Celtic without bringing anyone with him, outside of his family. Going from Japan to Scotland without the safety net of trusted colleagues? It’s unheard of. Utterly unheard of.
And while critics can lob insults at Eddie Howe, the fact is he wanted a team around him. Celtic, it seems, weren’t willing to accommodate that, but it’s the norm these days. Brendan Rodgers brought his own staff with him, to great success. There’s a precedent at Celtic.
But Ange is different. That, specifically, is why supporters have taken to him to so deeply. He’s already won a trophy, and changed the mood around Paradise to a substantial extent. All while not just embracing the personnel at Lennoxtown, but having the confidence to try to change their mindsets and encourage them to improve.
So far, it’s working a treat. The staff around him are growing in reputation. John Kennedy, a magnet for criticism last year, is not attracting nearly the same vitriol. Gavin Strachan, another who pilloried in 20-21, turned down a managerial job in his own right [Sun].
It’s incredible stuff.
And it’s fair to say Ange Postecoglou has inspired the excitement, passion and vision that he set out when he joined the club.