Celtic boss brilliantly strikes back at international manager's poor remark

By Euan Davidson

December 2, 2021

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has taken exception to some poor remarks from Australia boss Graham Arnold.

Arnold’s Socceroos have struggled in what ought to be a straight-forward World Cup qualifying campaign. In response to queries about his long-term future, Arnold fired back at journalists, saying he won’t be “chased out” like Postecoglou was [Daily Record].

Being “chased out”, though, is not the experience Postecoglou remembers as Australia manager. Instead, he recalls some significant triumphs, including an Asian Cup win in 2015 [Guardian]. Postecoglou also took the Socceroos to the World Cup the year prior.

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The Celtic boss responded, saying [Scotsman]:

“I wasn’t forced out, I won the Asian Cup and qualified for a World Cup, it was my decision to move on as I felt I’d done what I needed to do. [Then] I moved on to other challenges, I can only speak on behalf of myself but nobody drove me out of any job, mate.

“My national team experience was a hugely positive one. I had four years and we won the only trophy on offer and then we qualified for the World Cup, so I think I completed the mission.”

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Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou fires back at Australia manager Graham Arnold

Admittedly, Postecoglou didn’t leave the Australia job on incredible terms, they were his own. Having just qualified for another major tournament, Russia 2018, Big Ange left the Socceroos job, admitting it took a toll on him [BBC].

But what’s important here is that he left a winner. And of his own volition. In the midst of a World Cup qualification party, Ange decided he’d had enough.

To suggest he was “forced out” is extremely disrespectful. Having secured Australia’s first piece of silverware, and two World Cup appearances, is no joke.

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Since Australia, Ange took in a hugely successful spell in Japan. He secured Yokohama F Marinos a J League title, their first in 15 years [ABC]. Now he’s at Celtic. It doesn’t sound like the CV of someone who was “forced out”.

Perhaps Graham Arnold didn’t mean the comments in a snide way, but that’s how they come across. Postecoglou is right and entitled to give his version of events, having achieved a great deal with Australia.

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