Upset in Yokohama F. Marinos dressing room following Postecoglou's exit to Celtic
Yokohama F Marinos are feeling the loss of Ange Postecoglou to Celtic.
The Japanese side crashed out of the J-League Cup to Consadole Sapporo over the weekend.
Caretaker manager Hideki Matsunaga has credited speculation and Postecoglou’s ultimate departure for their poor form over the last couple of weeks.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “The staff and players have had a very tough time mentally for the past two weeks. The resignation of the manager has made it difficult to adjust.
“There’s little doubt that the loss of Mr Postecoglou has had an impact for sure. I don’t want to make excuses for the defeat, but that’s the way it has been. Everyone will need to raise their heads for our next game against Sagan Tosu next week.”
Brazilian defender Thiago Martins, who was signed by Postecoglou, has also admitted it’s causing upset within the dressing room.
As quoted by The Record, he said: “To be absolutely honest, it’s not been easy for us at all. Our manager has left and sudden changes like that can make everyone feel upset or unsuccessful. This was the result in the match out there. It’s up to us to recover. At times like this, we have to fight together as a team.”
Publically Marinos have been incredibly supportive of Postecoglou and his exit. As we discussed yesterday, they are even selling goodbye merchandise with ‘Forever Family’ branding.
However, clearly, the realities are taking their toll on the football pitch.
If nothing else it demonstrates the kind of popularity that Postecoglou had with his players. That was definitely his group of players. That he managed to unify them is a good sign of what’s to come at Celtic.
Hopefully he can be as big a hit with the dressing room in Glasgow. We need everyone moving forward with singular purpose behind the new boss.