Monday, October 2, 2023

Tottenham appoint Ange Postecoglou as new manager

Ange Postecoglou was hired by Tottenham on Tuesday as the first Australian manager in the English Premier League, the latest move by the north London club after another turbulent season.

The 57-year-old, who most recently won a treble of titles with Celtic in Scotland, is the fourth permanent coach to be hired since the departure of Mauricio Pochettino in 2019, and will be tasked with turning the tide for Spurs after 15 . Years without lifting a trophy.

He signed for four years, following in the footsteps of José Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte, all of whom had short careers at the London club.

“Ange brings a positive mindset and a fast, aggressive playing style,” said Daniel Levy, Tottenham chief executive. “He has a strong track record of player development and understands the importance of academy links, all of which are vital to our club.

“We are excited to have Ange join forces as we prepare for the upcoming season,” he added.

Tottenham are confident that Postecoglou will be able to emulate the success of his two seasons at Celtic, where he won five trophies: two League Trophies, the Scottish Cup and two League Cups.

Postecoglou, 57, was born in Greece and grew up in Australia. He previously managed the Australian national team and Japanese club Yokohama F Marinos. He has a reputation for being candid with the press and his players and having a clear vision of football.

Postecoglu comes to Tottenham at the end of a season in which Spurs failed to qualify for the European Cup for the first time since 2009.

Tottenham were also rocked by the departure of Conte in March, followed by the departure of his assistant Cristian Stellini, who was appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the season.

The quality of the team fell so low that Stellini barely lasted four games – the last a 6–1 defeat to Newcastle. Ryan Mason, another assistant, managed until the end of the season.

Levi’s has decided to change tactics. Instead of signing title-holder, defensive-minded coaches like Mourinho and Conte, he has reverted to the old formula of bringing in a courageous, youth-promoting coach.

One of Postecoglou’s first tasks at his new club would be to persuade Harry Kane to stay at the club.

The English striker has one year left on his contract and is on the wishlists of Manchester United and Real Madrid this summer.

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