Craig Foster now firmly backing Celtic boss after famous 2007 interview row

By David Walton

September 15, 2021

Australian TV pundit Craig Foster has now firmly planted himself on the Ange Postecoglou hype train after his famous interview with the Celtic boss in 2007.

Former Australia captain Foster famously interviewed Postecoglou after the Aussies failed to qualify for the U20 World Cup for the first time since 1989. This was back when Postecoglou was starting out in his managerial career and took charge of the U17s and U20s age groups.

The interview took place on The World Game, with Foster calling for Postecoglou to resign for the failure. It led to a heated debate between the pair that’s since become highly famous back in Australia.

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However, as Foster takes up a new role with Stan Sport, he couldn’t speak highly enough of Postecoglou as he admitted he hopes to see Celtic in the Europa League final.

As quoted by Sporting News, Foster said: “I’m delighted for him. It’s fantastic they’re in the Europa League and people will be able to watch all of Celtic’s Europa League games on Stan.

“It’s fantastic to have an Australian coach in that competition and let’s hope Ange is the first of many. I’m looking forward to seeing Celtic develop under his tutelage and hopefully he can go a long in the competition.

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“What a wonderful thing it would be to see an Australian coach in the final of the Europa League. Nothing’s impossible.”

Craig Foster backing Ange Postecoglou after promising Celtic start

Postecoglou has spent his entire career winning over doubters. The Celtic boss has stated that he had to go to Greece due to that interview because he believes it effectively made him “unemployable” [Daily Mail].

However, success with Brisbane Road, Australia, and Yokohama Marinos has turned his managerial career around. All of a sudden, Postecoglou is Australia’s most reputable coach as he looks to lay down a path for Aussie coaches in Europe.

The start has been promising. The Celtic faithful have taken to the new man whilst he’s managed to oversee a hugely productive summer transfer window.

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Before the season began, we were all fearful of how far away we were from Rangers. Now, after watching the first derby of the season and our opening league games, Postecoglou has managed to lessen that fear. Whilst there is still a lot of development to go with this team, it’s far from reaching its full potential.

The new manager has managed to give Celtic something we didn’t have last season – hope. We now have genuine ambition again with an exciting new squad being moulded before our eyes.

It’s no wonder Foster is changing his tune about Postecoglou these days. In fairness, he won’t be the only one.

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