Ange Postecoglou's steely calm is a refreshing change of pace for Celtic supporters
New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is remarkably calm.
Given that he’s taken one of the busiest jobs in European football, currently, it’s almost eerie. Speaking to supporters again today, he’s essentially saying “ah, you’re grand”. Don’t worry about everything so much. It’ll be fine, Ange has got this in hand, he almost says with a wink.
Perhaps it’s his current distance from Scottish football, but his confidence is jarring and soothing simultaneously. On the one hand, he’s the only person at the club who doesn’t seem to be in panic mode. But on the other, that might be the absolute best thing for us. Like the cartoon dog surrounded by fire, saying “this is fine”.
He has reason to be confident, after all he’s achieved in football. His tactical ideology has led him to several triumphs already. Postecoglou has already rebuilt squads on relatively short notice. The former Australia boss has an aura of knowing what he’s doing, while the rest of us have about a million questions.
Where’s the Director of Football? Who’s going to replace Odsonne Edouard? What about our defence? When’s he coming, and do we have time to build a competent squad?
Perhaps he just doesn’t read Scottish football media, but whatever the case may be, he seems anomalous. It’s incredibly enjoyable.
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Of course, he’s not going to do an interview with Celtic TV and say “Jesus! Everything’s gone horribly! What were you lot doing before I got here?!”.
Neither is he going to announce that everyone’s on the transfer list, or that he’s going to start playing with 10 up front. Even then, if he had any worries about the scale of the job, he’s doing an excellent job of hiding them.
His talk about the work already being started [Celtic FC] should put us at some ease. Obviously, the club have given us no reason to trust them over the last season and beyond, but Postecoglou doesn’t seem like a Yes-man or a crowd-pleaser. His objective is to win games of football, and if work has indeed being done, we should have an exciting few weeks ahead of us.
What’ll define the early period of his tenure are signings. If we’re able to bring in some key players early on, then it’ll put Postecoglou in good stead, because that’s something to hold on to if results take a while. Training, tactics, identity; all those things will surely come, even if pre-season is hilariously brief (as per usual).
We’re right to be asking serious questions about the direction of the club, from the boardroom to the pitch. That all remains true, even if we win all 38 league games in 21-22. For now though, our cynicism towards the board needs to be met with backing for the team.
And that team is being led by, no question, the calmest man in the room.