"Your football freed us", "I'll never forget"; Amazing reaction in Japan to Celtic announcement
Yokohama F. Marinos supporters are coming to terms with the reality of Ange Postecoglou moving to Celtic.
Postecoglou is highly regarded in Japan and his departure from the J-League has devastated more than a few Marinos fans on social media today.
News broke this morning that Celtic had appointed the 55-year-old on a 12-month rolling contract, becoming our new permanent manager.
Although many have tried to undermine his achievements in Asia, Postecoglou brought excellent success to Marinos. Specifically, he guided them to a league title back in 2019.
It was their first title win in 15 years and only their fourth in history.
More than that he inspired their supporters with chaotic, attacking football that was never dull.
All anyone wants to see at Celtic is winning football, of course, so he’ll have to find a way to up that percentage even if he refuses to compromise on his footballing philosophy.
A bit of defensive discipline wouldn’t go amiss either – though the jury is definitely out on whether he can bring that. Even his most ardent supporters would likely admit it’s not a strong part of his tactical outlook.
However, Postecoglou has never managed a team that have the best comparative resources in the league. If he is backed in the transfer market with sizeable fees and a cracking wage budget, good times could definitely be on the way to Celtic Park.
For now we’ll have to sit back and keep our fingers crossed.
Seeing the outpouring of support for him from Japanese fans is at least comforting for now.
Here’s some of the best reaction on social media…
Boss, Thank you very much for your management and contribution for F Marinos. I’m very excited and I love your football mind of attacking football. Honestly speaking, I want to share the J1 champion with you again … but this moment I’m looking forward to wait your success.
— YFM-412432 (@YFMSKL1) June 10, 2021
I can hardly thank you enough. You have made MARINOS be brave and challenging. You have also gave me the pride of tricolor through attacking and attractive football.
I’m always big fan of you anywhere you belong. Keep sail together forever.
Big love and thank you, our boss🖖🏻
— 鞠之助 ⚓︎ (@marisuke0518) June 10, 2021
Thank you for bringing the victory to Yokohama. We will always be brave and challenging.
We are a Yokohama family forever.
I hope you will have success.
God bless you. pic.twitter.com/3eTqUoXJDM
— あがこ (@pandamasoppu) June 10, 2021
It hasn’t been long since I became a fan, but I really appreciate the manager who led me to the league championship in 2019 and enjoyed every game of Marinos.
Thank you for your hard work .
Thank you very much.
— 🐯🇫🇷てんちょう🚅🀄 (@T_Hattori0829) June 10, 2021
Your football has freed us from a phantom shell named tradition.
Thank you, boss.
— Hopeppen (@Hopeppen) June 10, 2021
It was really nice to be able to fight with you for the last three and a half years with the team. I will never forget the 2019 J-League domination. Thank you for showing me a lot of fascinating football. Our best boss. I love it. Marinos family even if you are away. pic.twitter.com/8EjoZjBHo1
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— Ryuya(マルチンスbot) (@Ryu_fmarinos_7) June 10, 2021
Boss, you have created a paradigm shift in marinos. The attacking football you created has changed the history of marinos and the J-League. This cycle will end. But you created, the legend, the football, will remain in marinos forever. I wish you success. we trust our boss.
— ペドロペレス (@diagono7) June 10, 2021
Thank you boss. The title you brought with the players was awesome.
Thank you for great football.
Best wishes for success at Celtic.
And see you again in Yokohama. pic.twitter.com/aF2ZHmalsR
— ステッラ (@stella_mister_p) June 10, 2021