Ange Postecoglou becomes first Australian to manage in the Premier League after accepting Spurs job

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  • June 6, 2023
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Ange Postecoglou has become the first Australian to manage in the Premier League after taking the Tottenham job.

The 57-year-old’s appointment – a four year deal – brings an end Spurs’ long search for a permanent replacement for Antonio Conte, who was sacked in March.

Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason had respective spells in temporary charge as the Spurs failed to qualify for European football next season for the first time since 2009-10.

Postecoglou told Celtic principal shareholder Dermot Desmond on Saturday night of his decision to leave the Glasgow club.

The ex-Socceroos head coach admitted on Saturday, after Celtic’s Scottish FA Cup final win over Inverness had secured them the domestic treble, that his celebrations would soon be disrupted.

When repeatedly pressed on his future after Celtic’s 3-1 Hampden win over Inverness on Saturday, Postecoglou said: “I anticipate enjoying this moment for the next 24-48 hours, as long as I can, before someone drags me away and takes my attention away from enjoying something that’s been hard-earned.

“The reality is, there’s probably players in that dressing room who won’t be here next year. That’s the nature of football.”

Postecoglou has won five domestic trophies out of a possible six after arriving from Yokohama F Marinos in 2021 and was linked with numerous Premier League clubs throughout this season.

He became a hero with Celtic fans, not just for reigniting their success after a barren season, but also for his attacking style of play and connection with the fans.

Postecoglou, due to go on a family holiday on Tuesday, now faces another rebuild job as he trades Glasgow for London.

Brendan Rodgers has emerged among the favourites to replace Postecoglou at Celtic Park, four years after leaving the Hoops mid-season to take over at Leicester.

He left the Foxes, who have since been relegated to the Championship, in April by mutual consent.