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Sport New Celtic boss Postecoglou hails 'special' achievements in Japan

11:05  11 june  2021
11:05  11 june  2021 Source:   afp.com

Celtic appoint Ange Postecoglou as manager

  Celtic appoint Ange Postecoglou as manager Former Australia national coach Ange Postecoglou has been appointed manager of Scottish giants Celtic, the club announced on Thursday. The 55-year-old Australian signed a 12-month rolling contract and fills the vacancy on a permanent basis left open when Neil Lennon resigned in late February. "Celtic Football Club is delighted to announce that it has appointed Ange Postecoglou to the position of Football Manager," read a club statement. "AngeThe 55-year-old Australian signed a 12-month rolling contract and fills the vacancy on a permanent basis left open when Neil Lennon resigned in late February.

Postecoglou 's appointment ends Celtic 's 106-day search for a boss , but they remain without a director of football. The Australian's backroom team, and the future of interim manager John Kennedy, have also yet to be confirmed. Postecoglou has been pitched into a club in transition on and off the pitch, with key players such as Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer likely to leave and a huge squad overhaul required. "It's always a case for a Celtic manager that you have to hit the ground running," Bonner added.

Ange Postecoglou is appointed as Celtic 's new manager, with the former Australia boss leaving Yokohama F Marinos in Japan . Who is Postecoglou ? Postecoglou won back-to-back A-League titles with Brisbane Roar and spent a season with Melbourne Victory before becoming manager of Australia in 2013. He led the national team at the following year's World Cup and qualified for Russia 2018 but left in late 2017, moving to Japan , where he won the J-League with Yokohama in 2019.

Incoming Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou Friday said he had "created something special" with Japan's Yokohama F. Marinos but couldn't turn down a "tremendous opportunity" with the Scottish giants.

Ange Postecoglou in a blue shirt: Ange Postecoglou, seen here in December 2020, will be tasked with restoring Celtic's supremacy over bitter rivals Rangers © - Ange Postecoglou, seen here in December 2020, will be tasked with restoring Celtic's supremacy over bitter rivals Rangers

The former Australia boss was named Celtic manager on Thursday, replacing Neil Lennon who resigned in February.

The 55-year-old Australian's appointment has been met with bemusement in some quarters, with Celtic fans rushing to find out more about a manager who is virtually unknown in Europe.

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Ange Postecoglou is adored in Japan , and make no mistake about it. The likely Celtic -bound manager in quotes, from his interpretor and reporters. In a fascinating insight from Optus Sports , the Marinos boss ’ work in Japan has made him a very popular figure. Some even want him to take over the national team’s dugout, such is his esteem in the Far East. Subscribe to 67 Hail Hail TV now. Wataru Funaki, a Japanese football journalist and self-confessed Marinos supporter, told Optus Sports

New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou says he "has been given one of the greatest honours in football". "The responsibility to lead our magnificent football club into the future is one that I will cherish dearly," he adds. The former Austrialia boss goes on to say that Celtic are a "proper footballing institution". 106 days on from the sacking of Neil Lennon, Celtic finally have their new manager as former Australia national team boss Ange Postecoglou is announced. The 55 year-old joins on a 12-month contract from Yokohama F Marinos in Japan . Stick with us as we bring you reaction to the appointment of

Postecoglou guided Australia to their first ever Asian Cup title in 2015, and has won domestic championships in Japan and his home country.

He won the J-League with Marinos in 2019 after moving to Japan the previous year, and he said he was satisfied with his achievements after signing off on Friday.

"We created something special at the football club. I constantly speak to them about creating a bit of a legacy for themselves," Postecoglou told an online press conference.

"I made a decision. It was a difficult decision because I've loved my time here, but it was a tremendous opportunity before me and I'll have plenty of time to talk about that," he added.

Marinos won the Japanese title playing high-tempo, aggressive football, finishing six points clear of their nearest rivals in 2019. They finished ninth in 2020.

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Speaking to Celtic TV, the new Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou revealed he has already been working closely with incoming Chief Executive Dominic McKay as they begins laying the foundations for the future. “I’ve been in constant contact with the club chief executive, and Dominic and I have That’s the exciting bit for me, and my job is to make sure they all realise their potential and hopefully produce something special for the club.” Watch Celtic TV's exclusive first interview with new Celtic manager, Ange Postecoglou . Ange Postecoglou also discussed how important the Celtic Youth Academy

Ange Postecoglou has been named the new Celtic manager. The former Australia boss told the club’s official website: “The opportunity that has been given to me is one of the greatest honours in football and the responsibility to lead our magnificent football club into the future is one that I will cherish dearly.” I know Celtic is a true way of life for so many people and I know the demands which come with this position – I am ready to do all I can to meet those demands. Postecoglou has previously managed Melbourne Victory, the Australian national team and, most recently, Yokohama F. Marinos.

"When I began here, I had a vision of how I wanted the club to not just play football, but be perceived from outside by other people," Postecoglou said.

"People who watch Marinos now know what to expect in terms of our football, know that we won't change our approach, that we believe in something as a football club. I think that was the most important thing for me."

In Scotland, Postecoglou will be tasked with restoring Celtic's supremacy over Rangers who, under Liverpool great Steven Gerrard, won the title 25 points clear of their bitter Glasgow rivals.

But the Australian is confident he has the credentials to deliver, having led Marinos to their first league title in 15 years.

"It hasn't been easy for the players, because I've challenged them to play a certain way which is very difficult," he said.

"But every one of them have just wanted to learn, wanted to improve, were prepared to take risks knowing that if mistakes were made, I would take responsibility."

Postecoglou's appointment ends a long-running saga for Celtic, who were keen to hire former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.

However, talks broke down with the Englishman in late May.

Postecoglou will arrive with Celtic in full transition.

Chief executive Peter Lawwell is standing down after almost two decades, and captain Scott Brown leaving after 14 years for a player-coaching role at Aberdeen.

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