We’ve been talking about Ange Postecogolou’s Celtic appointment for over a week now.
However, probably the prime, must-consume bit of media about Postecoglou centres around his outlook on football in his own words.
He talks about his initial inspirations in football – from feeling community as an immigrant in Australia to bonding with his father – as well as his playing style.
“It starts with the ball,” Postecoglou states. “Everything we coach and we preach starts with the ball. There are certain things that are non-negotiable and I want my teams to have the ball. Our attacking philosophy and defensive philosophy is all measured around that.
“It’s not just possession. If we just kept the ball with no real purpose we wouldn’t be successful and it wouldn’t be exciting. Are we playing forward? Are we getting close to their goal? That excites people more than anything else.”
Postecoglou also offers great insight into the successful title-winning season at Yokohama F. Marinos.
Remarkably, the new Celtic boss increased the minutes given to talents between the ages of 18 and 21 five-fold between 2017 and 2019, from just 600 minutes to over 3000 minutes.
That certainly backs up his initial message to the Celtic support yesterday that he wants to put a focus on our academy talents during our squad rebuild.
Other topics covered include his approach to mentoring coaching and performance analysis staff, as well as training methods.
It really is a high-quality hour of football education from an engaging and knowledgeable individual.
Obviously, everything about Ange being a success or failure in Scotland will depend on results to come, but I feel better prepared for the new era at Celtic having watched it.
You can view ‘High Performance Insights’ with Postecoglou on Hudl’s Vimeo account via this link.