Postecoglou in line for ‘massive’ Euro gig

Former Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou is reportedly in advanced talks to take over Scottish football giant Celtic.

In a stunning turn of events for the former A-League coach, The Telegraph’s John Percy reports that Celtic are close to confirming the Australian will take over as manager.

Postecoglou,55, has had success with every job he has taken, having previously managed Australia, Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar – winning two A-League championships with the latter.

He also won the Asian Cup with the Socceroos in 2015 and the J-League Title with his current club, Yokohama FM, in 2019. The Australian’s reputation internationally has been helped by the fact he took Yokohama to the top in only his second year with the club, who were struggling before his arrival.

Postecoglou has been tipped by several UK bookmakers as the favourite to take the top job at Celtic, after ex-Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was ruled out of contention.

“We can now confirm that Eddie will not be joining the club, for reasons outside both his and Celtic’s control,” the club said on Friday.

Celtics have history with Australians in the past with Scott McDonald and Mark Viduka playing for the club while Socceroos star Tom Rogic is a current member of the squad.

In a recent interview with the Fox Football Podcast, Postecoglou said he and his family are comfortable living overseas and have no plans of returning to Australia.

“As a family we’ve made a decision we’re going to stay overseas for the rest of my career and see where else we can make an impact. Maybe it’s here [Japan], maybe I stay awhile and build something special, or it could be somewhere else.

“I want to produce teams that play a certain way that gets people talking and have success obviously, because if I don’t have success, I’m not going to have a job.”

Postecoglou’s foray into Europe would fly the flag for Australia since Kevin Muscat and Tony Popovic were axed after spending some time managing in Europe.

Muscat was sacked after just 14 games as head coach of Belgian Pro League team Sint-Truidense while Popovic parted ways with Greek Super League 2 side Xanthi FC after nine matches.

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