The unknowns surrounding new Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou greatly outweigh what we do know.
We have no idea whether he will be a success in Scotland or not. This is an unprecedented endeavour on Celtic’s part. Postecoglou has never worked at a club close to the profile of the Bhoys, with all the pressure that entails.
We don’t even know what his coaching staff will look like, or what kind of backing he’ll receive from Celtic when it comes to recruitment. Those are two key components when it comes to predicting success or not.
Anyone making a prediction right now, either way, is leading you astray. There’s no definitive stance to take that we can come back on with ‘gotchas’ down the line. I’m full of optimism about the new era and even I can admit it’s a massive, massive gamble on Celtic’s part.
What I feel comfortable to say I know is this: Postecoglou is about to fundamentally change this Celtic team, its methods, its preparations and perhaps even its relationship with the support. No aspect of the club is safe!
Everything I’ve read, watched, consumed, learned or been told about our new manager is that he’s a revolutionary character. If he’s given the room, power and resources at Celtic he really is about to turn everything upside down.
Japan Times journalist Dan Orlowitz describes Postecoglou as being at the centre of a hurricane that swept through Yokohama F. Marinos during his tenure there.
Orlowitz writes today: “Postecoglou’s belief in his philosophy was contagious, spreading to the locker room, the boardroom and the stands at Nissan Stadium.”
There is great truth to that, especially when you consider the response of Japanese supporters to the announcement of his exit. The tone is reverential. This guy had a massive impact on people’s lives.
In his final press conference, Postecoglou was happy with his legacy in the country, saying: “I came here with a vision of what we wanted to create. We’ve built a really good foundation of a club that’s now seen as one that has had success but also plays football that’s enjoyable for everyone to watch.
“People who watch Marinos know what to expect and that we won’t change our approach, and that we believe in something as a football club.”
Marinos have now pledged to continue playing football in the manner that was taught to them by the Greek-Australian. He’s changed their course. They are on a new path.
As we discussed earlier, Postecoglou has a defined outlook on the game, on playing attacking football, on progressing youth players and coaches. Whether he is successful in enacting that vision in a way that brings success at Celtic remains to be seen. It’ll be incredibly exciting if he pulls it off.
Hurricane Ange, he’s crashing into Lennoxtown this summer. He won’t compromise. Batten down the hatches.