Chris Sutton has congratulated new Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou.
After months of speculation, claim and counter-claim, the Bhoys have their new manager. A left-field choice, Greek-Australian boss Ange Postecoglou has joined from Yokohama F Marinos, former J-League champions. Celtic announced the appointment earlier this morning [Celtic FC].
Chris Sutton, who has an opinion on everything, God bless him, was quick to offer his applause. However, he also had a message for the Celtic board at the same time.
The opinionated Celtic hero said:
Good luck to Ange Postecoglou. Let’s hope he gets the backing which is required!!! https://t.co/Z9kNEbvzAv
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) June 10, 2021
Good luck is needed, sure, but Postecoglou’s reputation speaks for itself. A serial winner across a glittering 25-year career, the former Australia manager is acclaimed for his entertaining brand of football. Ultimately, it’s not just entertaining, it’s hugely successful.
Postecoglou broke records with his Brisbane Roar team, managing a 36-game unbeaten streak [FTBL]. He won consecutive titles with the Roar, as well as an AFC Asian Cup in 2015 with Australia. Postecoglou’s side beat an impressive South Korea team in the final.
Then, he went on to achieve further success, with Yokohama F Marinos in Japan. There, he built another title-winning side. More than that, he built a strong connection with the local supporters, who are already missing his charismatic presence in the dugout.
Chris Sutton is right: Celtic board need to back Ange Postecoglou
Of course, Chris Sutton is right. A fantastic manager can only get you so far. Attacking, exciting football can only get you so far. The magnificent Tommy Burns sides are testament to the fact that, without backing, they don’t necessarily win titles.
Clawing the Scottish Premiership north of the Clyde will be Postecoglou’s remit. But with so many players having already left, or on the cusp of departing, the Greek-Australian boss needs funds to build a squad in his image. Those who don’t buy into his philosophy immediately will be let go, you can be sure of that.
Backing has been an issue in the past. We saw that with Brendan Rodgers, who very suddenly left for Leicester City. While Rodgers was a more amiable type, the bristly Postecoglou won’t accept any nonsense from his board. A lack of transfer funds, and the board letting contracts run to an end will not go down well with the bullish boss.
So, yes, Chris Sutton’s right. However, we could just enjoy the feeling of having a new manager for a few minutes? That’d be grand.