"The best coach I've worked with"; Glowing praise for new Celtic man Harry Kewell

By Lewis Laird

June 29, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is keen to see all aspects of the club improve.

The 56-year-old has made that clear since the day he arrived, and the progress under Postecoglou has been impressive to watch over the last 12 months.

Not only does that mean on the field, but also off it. And the former Yokohama F Marino’s manager quickly made changes to freshen things up.

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One of Postecoglou’s first moves this summer was bringing in ex-Liverpool and Leeds United winger Harry Kewell as a new member of his backroom staff.

The Socceroo has previously held roles as a manager but has decided to join up with the Hoops and become a first-team coach, working with John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan.

Many fans were intrigued to see what sort of role the 43-year-old would play.

Kewell’s former teammate and assistant manager, Warren Feeney, has provided the Celtic support with an insight into what the new arrival will bring to the club.

The current Welling United boss opened up on Kewell’s skill set as a coach, despite facing two disappointing spells at Crawley and Notts County, and insisted that he will get the best out of Ange Postecoglou’s squad.

He said [Glasgow Live]: “People probably think his management and coaching career hasn’t taken off, but for me, he’s probably the best coach I’ve worked with.

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“Harry’s coaching, and this is the truth, is probably at Championship to a higher level than what he was. That’s no disrespect to the players; it’s just they couldn’t get to that point. That is the difference.

“His attention to detail is very good. You need to think about what success is too. He took Crawley to their highest position and got a move to Notts County. Then the director of football didn’t like the style of play there.

“We’d took them out the relegation zone but lost our jobs after ten weeks. He’s a great person and will feel at home with the manager at Celtic. He coached ahead, and players just couldn’t get it.

“He wants to play football the right way. He gets the best out of players. He gets his point across well, and I’d love to see him at a higher level with players as with the guys at Celtic; I’m sure they will buy into what he does.”

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Kewell sounds like the perfect fit for Ange Postecoglou.

When reading Feeney’s comments, Harry Kewell strikes you as a coach who would be the ideal fit under Ange Postecoglou.

Both men seem to have very similar philosophies regarding how they want to see their side play, and that can only benefit this Celtic side going into next season.

Alongside John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan, Postecoglou has build-up a strong and trusted backroom staff that will be crucial if we are to continue achieving success.

I am sure the Celtic boss will have done his homework before making the appointment. But, the early signs surrounding Kewell all seem to be very positive.

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