It’s fair to say that the news of Ange Postecoglou’s potential appointment as Celtic’s next boss has been met with a mixed reaction. Well, mixed reaction is a stretch, derisory is probably more accurate. And most of that reaction is simply based on timing. With the E***e H**e story lasting longer than The New Testament, the fans were simply exasperated with the whole sorry mess and with the Postecogluo news breaking shortly after the collapse of ‘his’ move, the guy didn’t stand a chance.
I have listened to many podcasts and read many articles from people who have either played under or coached with Postecoglou and almost every single one speaks of him in glowing terms. When a guy is being described as ‘one of the top 10 coaches in the world’ by Pep Guardiola, you have to sit up and take notice.
Now let me be clear, I am not saying for a second that I believe Postecoglou is the man for the Celtic job but what I will not do, is join in on the chorus of some mainstream media channels and podcasters that are slating the guy just because they haven’t heard of him. It makes the Scottish media look churlish and our support look insular.
How many time’s have fans said we should stop looking for a “Cellic man” to take over? Well we have, and the reaction to is has been awful.
I read report this morning from an Australian news site from respected journalist Vince Rugari, The Sydney Morning Herald, where former Soccer captain Mark Milligan gave an insight into what the Celtic fans should expect and what he said was very interesting, “I don’t think it’ll take long for the Celtic fans and the people of Scotland to understand what he’ll bring, and what the team will be about,”
“I haven’t worked under him for a long time but I’ve got a fair idea from working at both club and international level of the way he works. It doesn’t look like that’s wavered over the last few years, the way his Yokohama [F. Marinos] team play. Giving him the quality of player that Celtic provide is only going to enhance his reputation.”
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“Celtic are fortunate that they’ve identified him. It’s good to see that someone has woken up. This should have happened years ago.”
The comparisons of coverage from the Scottish media compared to the Australian outlets are stark. Already this site debunked claims from journalist Hugh Keevins that Postecoglou has no knowledge of the Scottish game and no contacts in Europe in less than five minutes.
This view was shared also by Mark Guidi. Both journalists have a combined experience of over 60 years in their field and all it took was a quick listen to another respected Australian journalist, Francis Leach, to completely blow their claims out of the water.
Celtic supporters need to stop listening to the narrative being spread by the media in our country. They are not only disrespecting Postecoglou with their coverage of the man, but also our intelligence.
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