Celtic’s managerial search took an unexpected turn a few days ago when it emerged that talks had broken down with Eddie Howe. The former Bournemouth manager had been the favorite for the Parkhead job for months and as a result it was clearly a blow to the club.
Since then, current Yokohama F. Marinos manager Ange Postecoglou has become the new favorite to secure the job. Most fans cannot be faulted for not being familiar with his career, however.
Postecoglou led the Australian national team, Melbourne Victory, Brisbane Roar and South Melbourne. His only stint in Europe so far has been with Greek club Panachaiki. Brendan Rodgers’ past comments about the manager should be a cause for excitement, however. In 2013, when he was Liverpool manager, they faced a Melbourne Victory side led by Postecoglou.
As reported by Fox Sports, Rodgers said:
“Melbourne Victory is a very good team, I have to say their coach is exceptional.
“I had a few discussions with him and to see his team play he looks a lot like me and he thinks the game should be played a certain way.
“You can see the team are very well trained so we knew it would be a tough game for us. “
Postecoglou could be the right candidate for Celtic
It’s not hard to see why fans might be disappointed with how the Howe to Celtic saga ended. But that’s what it is, and we need to move on as quickly as possible with the new season just around the corner.
Postecoglou might not be someone many would expect in the Parkhead dugout, but he could certainly be the right candidate for the team.
He’s been successful in most places he’s been in his career. He won league titles with three different clubs and also won the AFC Asian Cup with the Australian national team.
Postecoglou has become known for the attacking football style of his teams. Just look at his Yokohama F. Marinos side for proof. In the last 3 seasons under him, they finished second in the league and top scorers on one occasion. Also this season, they have the second best offense in the J1 League as they sit third on the table.
Of course, the risk with this kind of nomination would be that Postecoglou has never been successful at a big European club and it is unclear to what extent he will make that adjustment. And that’s a real concern for sure. But one thing is for sure, he can turn this Celtic side into a goal scoring machine with the right support in the transfer market.