Celtic FINALLY appoints Neil Lennon’s successor almost four months after he stepped down as little-known Australian Ange Postecoglou is confirmed as new boss on a 12 month contract
- Celtic has confirmed the appointment of Ange Postecoglou as its new boss
- The coach is moving from his old club Yokohama F. Marinos to the Scottish club
- He will join the squad in Lennoxtown and take over training in the pre-season
- Postecoglou has signed a rolling 12-month contract with the Scottish club
Celtic has officially named Ange Postecoglou as the club’s new manager and Neil Lennon’s successor.
Postecoglou will move from his former club Yokohama F. Marinos to Celtic – where he won the J-League title – and end the 107-day wait for a permanent boss.
The 55-year-old will join the Lennoxtown squad and lead the pre-season training camp in Wales starting July 5th.
Celtic has officially confirmed the appointment of Ange Postecoglou as its new manager
The Greek-born Australian boss has limited management experience in Europe but has maintained the Premiership and Championship titles in the Australian A-League.
He also led the Socceroos at the 2014 World Cup before stepping down just weeks before the 2018 finals in Russia.
Postecoglou – who signed a 12 month deal with the Scottish club – says the opportunity to lead such a team is a “great honor”.
On the club’s official website, he said: “The opportunity I have been given is one of the greatest honors in football and I will greatly appreciate the responsibility to lead our great football club into the future.
Postecoglou succeeds the former Celtic trainer Neil Lennon with a rolling 12-month contract
“Celtic is one of THE names in world football, there is no doubt about it – a club giant, a real football institution and much more – real history, real substance, real authenticity and real soul. I know that Celtic is a real way of life for so many people and I know the requirements associated with this position – I am willing to do anything to meet those requirements.
“I will do everything I can to bring our great club back to the top while delivering the football that our fans appreciate. We want to entertain our fans and we want to win, these are the goals that I’ve always set myself and that I’m working on now.
“When you think of Celtic, you think of fans and my dream is to see our fans with us again in Celtic Park as soon as possible. We all hope things will change for the better and we will soon see our fans as they are vital to whatever I want to do. We need our supporters by our side again and I can’t wait to be with them again in a crowded paradise.
He will move from his old club Yokohama F. Marinos to Celtic – where he won the J-League title
Postecoglou also won the Premiership and Championship titles in the Australian A-League
“I have already had great conversations with Peter, Dom and the board about their ideas and strategies for the future of the club. I know the new modern vision of the club is very much in line with mine and we are now trying to implement it. In everything we do, we want to offer our fans a successful team of real quality that they are excited about and that they can be proud of.
“We have already started work on our plans to expand the roster – we want to bring quality players to Celtic to improve the existing core of great talent.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting the players on their return from the postseason and can’t wait to start as Celtic manager.”
Celtic confirmed the news of Postecoglou’s appointment in a statement to the exchange that read: “Celtic is pleased to announce the appointment of Ange Postecoglou as the club’s first team manager, with Ange joining the club with immediate effect.
Postecoglou – who signed a rolling 12 month contract – says it’s a “great honor”
“The Celtic Board of Directors is delighted to welcome Ange to the club and looks forward to working with him in the future.”
A 10-day quarantine, however, means Postecoglou is unlikely to be at the club’s training base in Lennoxtown on June 17 when the first-team squad reports back to start pre-season prep.
Although he is expected to join the team for the Wales training camp starting July 5th.
In addition, Celtic is still waiting for feedback from UEFA after requesting an exemption requiring bosses to have a Pro license – which Postecoglou doesn’t – if they want to be successful in European competition.