Willie Miller urges Aberdeen to consider following the Celtic and Ange Postecoglou example

By David Walton

February 15, 2022

Willie Miller has urged his old club Aberdeen to consider following Celtic’s lead and go for a left-field appointment after the success of Ange Postecoglou.

Many pundits and even supporters turned their noses up at the prospect of bagging the man who won the J-League title with Yokohama Marinos back in 2019. It was viewed as an appointment that showed the Celtic board had no idea what it was doing after the failure to bag Eddie Howe.

Nowadays, pundits have had to eat their words with Ange top of the pile in Scotland, having already won the League Cup, and now into the last-32 of the new Europa Conference League.

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Aberdeen, meanwhile, are considering their own long-term options after the sacking of Stephen Glass. And as Barry Robson takes interim charge for the time being, Dons great Miller believes Postecoglou is a prime example as to why an unconventional approach should be considered.

Speaking in his Press and Journal column, Miller said: “There is a wealth of managerial talent outside Scotland, so chairman Dave Cormack and the board should not limit the search to this country. If an overseas candidate fits the bill, the board shouldn’t be afraid to make the call and appoint him if they believe it is right for the club.

“It could be a gamble, but Celtic have already shown with Ange Postecoglou that a left-field appointment from overseas can work. Of course, there are also a number of strong candidates within Scotland such as Neil Lennon, Jack Ross and Jim Goodwin.

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“Regardless of where Aberdeen secure their next manager from, one factor is vital – the new boss must have experience and a strong track record. The process in appointing a new manager must also be quick. There obviously needs to be a process, but it can be accelerated by interviewing and moving swiftly.”

Every managerial appointment remains a gamble – Celtic just got it spot on with Ange

It is strange these days when it comes to some of the things that people look for in their managers. This idea that they have to know the Scottish game inside out for a start is pretty nonsensical. There are plenty of failed gaffers who have known all about how we work up here.

But that doesn’t mean that any old modern-day managerial guru from abroad with a sexier name is your best bet either. There is no defined recipe for success when it comes to managerial appointments. You can do your due diligence, but if a manager signs players that aren’t good enough or don’t settle as intended, it can ruin his tenure.

It’s not as if top managers are successful everywhere they go. Look at the likes of Jose Mourinho, Mauricio Pochettino, and Antonio Conte to name but a few. They’ve had periods even at their peak where things haven’t worked out for differing reasons.

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Celtic securing Postecoglou doesn’t mean we’re going to be jumping out for another foreign acquisition when Ange eventually departs. It’s all about what looks best for your football club at that particular time. And even then there’s no guarantee things will work out.

So it’ll be interesting to see what avenue Aberdeen go down. There are certainly plenty of plausible candidates available that will be recognisable or familiar to their supporters.

But as Celtic have shown this season, sometimes the best option doesn’t necessarily have to be on these shores.

In other news, Ex-Celtic loanee Mohamed Elyounoussi now bossing the EPL with Southampton