Celtic have announced that Ange Postecoglou will be the new manager of the club.
Greek-Australian boss Postecoglou will be leaving his role as the manager of Yokohama F Marinos, where he won the J-League in 2019. He’s also enjoyed successful spells as boss of the Australian national team, winning the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, as well as leading the Socceroos to the 2014 World Cup.
In a statement, Celtic announced:
“Celtic Football Club is delighted to announce that it has appointed Ange Postecoglou to the position of Football Manager.
“A modern, progressive coach with exciting, attacking football as his philosophy, Ange has received a host of prestigious coaching accolades, including being named as Australia’s PFA Manager of the decade in 2015.
“Ange has successfully achieved UEFA recognition and endorsement in relation to his pro-Licence issued by Football Australia. He begins working immediately and will be arriving in Glasgow as soon as current protocols allow.
“Ange will meet up with the squad at Lennoxtown and will then lead the team to the Club’s pre-season training camp.”
Celtic finally land Ange Postecoglou
The statement continued [Celtic FC]:
“Ange is delighted to join the Club and take up one of the biggest jobs in world football, and having signed a 12-month rolling contract, commented: “The opportunity that has been given to me is one of the greatest honours in football and the responsibility to lead our magnificent football club into the future is one that I will cherish dearly.
“Celtic is one of THE names in world football, of that there is no doubt – a giant of a club, a proper footballing institution and so much more – real history, real substance, real authenticity and real soul. I know Celtic is a true way of life for so many people and I know the demands which come with this position – I am ready to do all I can to meet those demands.
“I will be doing everything I can to get our great Club back on top and, at the same time, deliver the kind of football which our fans appreciate. We want to entertain our fans and we want to win, these are the objectives which I always set myself and which I now begin work on.”
The Age of Ange
“When you think of Celtic, you think of supporters and my dream is to see our fans back at Celtic Park with us as soon as possible. We all hope things are changing for the better and can see our fans soon as they are vital to everything I want to do. We need our supporters back by our side and I can’t wait to be with them back in a packed Paradise.
“I have already had great discussions with Peter, Dom and the Board about their ideas and strategy for the future of the club. I know the Club’s new modern vision aligns very much with mine and we now look to go and deliver on this. In everything we do we aim to give our fans a successful team of real quality, which they are excited about and can be proud of.”
Celtic finally land a manager
Well then. Only 106 days after Neil Lennon leaving Celtic, the club have finally landed a manager. And what a manager; Postecoglou is held in enormous esteem across Asia.
Both Japanese and Australian reporters have heralded the Greek-Aussie boss. His exciting, attack brand of football, excellent recruitment and ruthlessness have won him millions of fans. Not least the media, despite Postecoglou’s sometimes bristly approach.
Make no mistake; it’s a gamble. But it’s a very educated one. Postecoglou becomes the first Australian boss in Celtic’s history.