Celtic had been linked heavily with Eddie Howe for months to the point where it was looking like only a matter of time before the former Bournemouth manager arrived at Parkhead. Talks ultimately broke down though and the Hoops were left to continue their search for a manager.
It did not take them long to have their eyes set on one though. Ange Postecoglou emerged as the favourite for the Parkhead job not too long after it had become clear that Howe was not going to be the man in the the Hoops’ dugout next season.
Postecoglou is currently the manager of J1 League side Yokohama F. Marinos and is very highly-rated for the work that he has done with them. Before that he spent the majority of his time as a manager with Australian clubs and even managed the Australian national team.
And it looks like Celtic have taken a major step to making the Postecoglou appointment happen. Journalist Pete O’Rourke tweeted out that the club have agreed a compensation deal with Yokohama F. Marinos for the manager:
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Postecoglou looks set to become the new Celtic manager but is he the man for the job?
Postecoglou has very little experience of managing in Europe. In fact, the only job that he has had in European football till now was with Greek side, Panachaiki, back in 2008. But that does not mean that he is an inexperienced manager.
In fact, he has incredible pedigree. Postecoglou has won league titles in both Australia and Japan, and also guided the Australian national team to their only AFC Asian Cup title in history.
While one cannot be blamed for not being aware of Postecoglou’s career, it is worth pointing out that he has been very successful most places that he has been till now.
And the fact that the club were so quick to make a move for him when talks with Howe broke down suggests that they have had an eye on Postecoglou for a while.