Tottenham fans’ reactions to Ange Postecoglou’s appointment have varied. In contrast, the man who will now lead a team, that were Champions League finalists only four years ago, is receiving almost overwhelming praise back home.
The 57 year old Melburnian began his career with South Melbourne Hellas at nine years old, and stayed active in the regional game up to his retirement as head coach of the Austrailian national team in 2017.
Postecoglou won national championships with South Melbourne Hellas and represented the “Socceroos” four times and during his playing career before leading them to back-to-back triumphs as a coach. He also guided Brisbane Roar to a 36-game unbeaten streak and an A-League championship.
He led the “Socceroos” to the 2014 World Cup, helped them earn a spot in the 2018 tournament, and won an Asian Cup in between. The above-mentioned, in addition to trophy-laden stints at Celtic (two Scottish titles and a treble) and Japan’s Yokohama F Marinos have earned him the opportunity to take charge at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on a four year contract.
Postecoglou has used high-pressing 4-3-3’s, conservative 4-5-1’s, attacking 4-2-3-1’s and even possession-based 3-4-2-1’s showcasing his capability and willingness to adapt tactics and formations based on his own players, opponents and tournaments on a game-by-game basis.
Daniel Levy has spoken highly of Postecoglou’s fast, attacking play and there is little doubt the players will be able adapt to this style quickly and effectively. Even with, multiple player exits, such as Arnaut Danjuma’s return to Villareal, Lucas Moura’s contract expiry and speculation surrounding the futures of Ryan Sessegnon and Harry Kane to name a few, Postecoglou’s tactical acumen, attacking style and knack for young development leaves the Tottenham faithful viewing him as an exciting prospect to usher in a new era of success and exciting football.