In a very short span of time, Ange Postecoglou has become a hero to Celtic fans. He had the odds stacked against him when he arrived in the summer. The club had been linked with Eddie Howe for months but failed to get a deal over the line. They were also coming off of a 2020/21 campaign when they had finished 25 points behind the Rangers and without a trophy.
On top of that, the squad had to undergo a major overhaul as well. Key players like Scott Brown, Kristoffer Ajer, Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie and others left while twelve players were brought in in the summer and five more in January.
Considering all the circumstances, Postecoglou has done a sensational job. Celtic have won the Scottish League Cup and are leading the race for the Premiership by 6 points with 5 games left to play. And it appears to be catching the attention of people around Europe.
Thomas Broich is someone who knows Postecoglou very well, having played under his management at Brisbane Roar. He is currently the Head of Methodology at Hertha Berlin’s youth sides and he has revealed how the manager is being noticed in Germany since his move to Celtic. As reported by Optus Sport, the German said:
“Yeah, they are actually (noticing Postecoglou in Germany).
“It was really weird because when he worked in Japan, obviously, he won the league. I think they were 15 points clear of the rest of the pack. And then they played Man City in a friendly, and they had more than 60% of the ball and all that.
“I kept talking about this guy and everybody was like, ‘Yeah, but this is Australia, this is Japan’. And now that he has arrived in Europe, I can actually show them clips using Wyscout and all those tools.
“And I’m like: ‘This is what he’s doing. This was against Rangers and look at the chances they created. Look at the second goal they scored’. It’s just fantastic football, like build-up play from the keeper, rotations everywhere, the defence, they don’t even know who to follow. They’re getting destabilised like crazy.”
Why German interest in Postecoglou is bad news for Celtic
In Germany, the clubs have certainly taken an innovative approach to management over the years. Julian Nagelsmann is the manager of Bayern Munich at the age of 34.
And that is not an exception either. There are three other managers in the Bundesliga in their thirties, and only one beyond 60 years of age.
Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp have also come out of that system and gone on to become two of the best managers in the world right now. Thus, a German club would most probably be willing to make a move for Postecoglou, even if he has not managed a club in the top five European leagues before, if they feel he is the right fit. And that could very well be a worry for Celtic in the future.
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