Premier League and Australia legend Tim Cahill laments Oz without Celtic boss Postecoglou

By Euan Davidson

March 31, 2022

Australia are in a far worse place without Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, according to Tim Cahill.

And while the Socceroos and Everton legend reckons Australia can still qualify for the World Cup, he’s lamenting the downturn in Australia’s fortunes since Ange Postecoglou moved on.

Ange left the Australian national team in 2018, after leading his Socceroos to a second successive World Cup berth. He also won an Asian Cup for Australia, in dramatic fashion against South Korea. Truly, his moment in the Australia sun was also a watershed moment for the Socceroos.

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Having led Brisbane Roar to A-League supremacy, his style of football and work ethic was transplanted successfully to the international stage. Now, Tim Cahill says, that identity is missing from the Socceroos set-up.

Speaking to Australia’s Daily Telegraph, Cahill said: “The solution is to go into detail and put people that understand the game better in the areas they need to be in.

“Because when you had Ange Postecoglou there and his set up, you saw a change in the game, in the style of play, a methodology, a philosophy the fans were familiar with, whether they were happy or sad.

“He is one of the biggest Australian managers ever. So how do I feel about [Australia currently]? I want to qualify. With this squad, it is going to be difficult but I am fully behind Australia.”

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Our gain has, very obviously, been Australia’s loss.

Although let’s not suggest there was a linear timeline between Australia and Celtic for Ange Postecoglou. That would discount a massively successful period in Japan with Yokohama F Marinos.

You suspect, though, that Australia didn’t really know what they had with Ange. Not in the long-term. His replacements have been antithetical to Ange’s footballing style, and the results just haven’t been as impressive. Ultimately, until a new Australia manager supersedes Ange’s accomplishments, they’ll be in his shadow.

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Maybe that man will be Tim Cahill. An aggressive, but intelligent and thoughtful player, there’s surely a path for him in club and/or international management. What’s for sure is that Ange will be there to mentor him, whatever moves he makes.

This also serves as a bit of a warning for Celtic, though. Ange Postecoglou won’t be at Parkhead forever. There has to be a plan over the next decade to continue what’s been good about his time here thus far. Tactically, ideologically, in terms of youth development; he has to be part of a bigger operation.

Brendan Rodgers’ exit had Celtic back to square one across a number of different factors. Australia are, perhaps, back to that point themselves.

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