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Tottenham hires Celtic’s Ange Postecoglou as newest supervisor

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Ange Postecoglou was employed by Tottenham on Tuesday because the London membership started its newest reboot after one other turbulent season. He’ll be the primary Australian supervisor within the English Premier League.

The 57-year-old Postecoglou, who has simply gained a trophy treble with Celtic in Scotland, is the fourth everlasting supervisor to be employed since Mauricio Pochettino’s departure in 2019, and is tasked with the duty of turning the Spurs’ fortunes round after 15 years with no trophy.

He signed a four-year contract and follows Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte, who all had short-lived reigns.

“Ange brings a optimistic mentality and a quick, attacking type of play,” Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy stated. “He has a robust monitor report of growing gamers and an understanding of the significance of the hyperlink from the academy — all the things that’s essential to our membership.

“We’re excited to have Ange be a part of us as we put together for the season forward.”

Tottenham will hope Postecoglou can emulate the success he had in his two seasons at Celtic, the place he gained 5 trophies — two league titles, the Scottish Cup and two League Cups.

“In fact, we wished Ange to stick with us at Celtic,” Celtic chief govt Michael Nicholson stated, “and whereas there may be actual disappointment that we’re shedding him, he has determined he needs to have a look at a brand new problem, which we respect.”

Born in Greece and raised in Australia, Postecoglou was beforehand coach of Australia and in addition Japanese membership Yokohama F. Marinos. He’s a blunt speaker, along with his gamers and the media, and has readability in his imaginative and prescient of soccer.

Postecoglou joins Tottenham on the finish of a season through which it didn’t qualify for Europe for the primary time since 2009.

Tottenham has additionally needed to endure the upheaval of Conte’s departure in March, which was rapidly adopted by the exit of his former assistant Cristian Stellini, who was appointed interim supervisor till the top of the season.

The staff’s kind was so poor below Stellini that he lasted simply 4 video games — the final a 6-1 rout by Newcastle, which noticed Spurs concede 5 objectives inside 21 minutes. One other assistant, Ryan Mason, took over by the top of the marketing campaign.

In addition to managerial instability, Tottenham has additionally misplaced managing director of soccer Fabio Paratici after he misplaced his attraction in opposition to a 30-month ban for his half in a false accounting scandal involving former membership Juventus.

Levy is below stress from supporters to get his newest appointment proper, with the continuing trophy drought resulting in rising unrest.

Levy’s change of technique — bringing in confirmed trophy winners in Mourinho and Conte, who’re largely pragmatic, defensive-first coaches — didn’t work, so he has gone again to his former strategy of hiring a supervisor who performs extra expansive soccer and promotes youthful gamers.

One in every of Postecoglou’s first jobs at his new membership could also be to attempt to persuade Harry Kane that his future stays at Spurs.

The England striker has one yr left on his contract and has been linked with strikes to Manchester United and Actual Madrid this summer time.

Kane turned Spurs’ all-time main scorer this season when surpassing membership nice Jimmy Greaves’ report of 266 objectives. He additionally set a brand new report for his nation, with 55 objectives.

He has scored 213 Premier League objectives and is closing in on Alan Shearer’s all-time report of 260.

Whereas his departure may earn Tottenham as a lot as $124 million to reinvest within the staff, it could go away a big gap for Postecoglou to attempt to fill.

Postecoglou described his time at Celtic as an “honor.”

“They wished me to increase my time at Celtic and whereas I’m so respectful and understanding of their place, a brand new alternative has been offered to me and it’s one which I wished to discover,” he stated.

“Our supporters have been magnificent to me and I thank them for the way in which they’ve embraced me through the previous two years. My ambition was at all times to offer our followers a staff they might be happy with, a staff individuals talked about, and I believe we’ve achieved that.”

Soccer Australia triumphantly hailed the transfer to Tottenham, with chief govt James Johnson saying it was a testomony to Posetcoglou’s “enduring dedication, talent and imaginative and prescient as a frontrunner” and a “second of nice pleasure for Australian soccer.”

It “highlights this present golden age” in Australian soccer, Johnson stated, including his nation “has emerged as a brand new energy in international soccer.”

Postecoglou coached Australia on the 2014 World Cup, the 2015 Asian Cup — which Australia gained on dwelling soil — and the 2017 Confederations Cup, earlier than leaving after qualifying the staff for the 2018 World Cup.

Reporting by The Related Press.

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