Aussie legend Tim Cahill on Ange influence and Celtic prospects

By Euan Davidson

September 29, 2021

Australian football legend and curse of corner flags worldwide, Tim Cahill knows a thing or two about Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou.

The pair worked together when Postecoglou was Australia manager, leading the Socceroos to a World Cup, as well as a triumphant Asian Cup run.

And it’s Postecoglou, says Cahill, who was his biggest influence to get into coaching.

Cahill, a bona fide Premier League legend from his time at Everton, played 108 times for Australia [Transfermarkt]. Not only does he thank Postecoglou for his influence, but he also believes the former Yokohama F Marinos boss deserves time and credit for his work at Celtic.

Speaking to Australian outlet The Age, Cahill said:

“He’s one that got me excited to coach. I’ve never worked for anyone as detailed as him and the way we were playing in those four years was incredible. There wasn’t many teams that we didn’t dominate in possession.

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“He’s a big mentor and he goes about his business quietly, it doesn’t matter if people are for it or against it. He always makes waves and he’s doing it now in a fantastic way.”

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Tim Cahill believes that if the Celtic fans continue to buy into Postecoglou’s passion and strategy, it’ll work out. Postecoglou, Cahill says, is someone who devotes all of himself to what he’s doing.

Cahill said [The Age]:

“I don’t know a fan that doesn’t get jumpy when they lose or question their manager. It doesn’t matter if it’s Barcelona, PSG or Man United – all the biggest clubs. You can sign the biggest players, it doesn’t guarantee wins or trophies.

“But the one thing about Ange is his heart is in it, and they see it and love it. That is all the Celtic fans want. They are passionate and they see someone who is fighting for the badge.

“That’s something that has always brought me very close to Ange, he really cared for Australia and he gave it everything. In the end, he didn’t come to the [2018] World Cup and that was a massive loss for us.”

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Would Tim Cahill respond to an approach from Celtic…?

It’s obvious to anyone that Postecoglou needs to bring more of his own staff in.

Having worked with some promising coaching talents over the years, who happened to be utter disciples of the Ange-ball methodology, there can’t be a shortage of willing candidates.

Cahill, who’s earned his UEFA A Coaching badge, and spent some time with Everton’s youth sides, would represent an exciting appointment. He’s no doubt someone that players would look up to, given his career.

However, Cahill isn’t going to rush to a job quite yet [The Age]. He’s happy working slowly and playing FIFA with his son. His time in coaching at first-team level will come eventually.

But could a call from Ange expedite the process? He’d certainly be a popular figure to have in the Bhoys dugout.

For now, at least, it’s great to see Postecoglou getting backing from one his most important former players.

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