Celtic ‘is about to announce little-known Ange Postecoglou as new boss’ with Greek-born former Australian manager who will join Japanese side Yokohama F Marinos after talks with Eddie Howe cut short
- Celtic plans to appoint ex-Australia manager Ange Postecoglou, reports said
- The 55-year-old is currently on Japanese top-side Yokohama F. Marinos
- Postecoglou took Australia to the 2014 World Cup, but left the group stage
- Celtic’s talks with number one target Eddie Howe cut off earlier on Friday
Celtic is about to appoint the unknown amount of Ange Postecoglou as their new manager, according to reports.
The Bhoys’ talks with ex-Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe failed on Friday for reasons “ beyond his and Celtic’s control, ” the Scottish giants revealed in a statement.
Celtic then moved into advanced talks with another manager, with the club revealing on Friday that they would announce a new manager ‘very soon’.
Celtic are about to announce Ange Postecoglou (left) as their manager, according to reports
Ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe’s move to Scottish giants collapsed earlier on Friday
And according to The Telegraph, Scottish Premier League runner-up is about to appoint former Australian national team manager Postecoglou – who currently heads Japanese top team Yokohama F. Marinos – last year.
Postecoglou has spent most of his career both playing and managing in Australia, despite being born near Athens.
As a manager, he won the A-League Premiership title with Brisbane Roar in 2011, while also winning the 2015 Asia Cup as manager of Australia.
Postecoglou (center) won Australia at the 2014 World Cup and currently manages in Japan
He led the Socceroos at the 2014 World Cup, where they left in the group stage in a group with Spain, Chile and the Netherlands. Postecoglou also qualified them for the 2018 World Cup, but resigned two weeks after that feat.
The Greek-born Australian is not Celtic’s number one target for the vacant manager role, with that title previously given to ex-Bournemouth man Howe.
Talks to bring his former Bournemouth Technical Director Richard Hughes and first-team coaches Stephen Purches and Simon Weatherstone to Glasgow collapsed when Howe was unable to put together the team he wanted.
Celtic released a statement on Thursday, which read: “ After very positive and detailed discussions with Eddie Howe, believing he would be an excellent candidate for the position of Celtic Manager, we have allowed time for the trial, as he had previously done. made it clear that he did not want to return to management this summer at the earliest.
The 55-year-old is currently the boss of Japanese top-side Yokohama F. Marinos
Celtic are looking for a new boss after firing Neil Lennon earlier this year
We can now confirm that Eddie will not join the club for reasons beyond his control and those of Celtic. We wish Eddie the best of luck for the future.
‘As part of the ongoing process, we entered into a dialogue with a number of candidates. We deeply appreciate that our fans will seek clarity on this matter and we aim to announce the appointment of a manager very soon with the quality and desire to move Celtic forward and bring further success to our supporters. ‘
The Parkhead club also spoke with Manchester City under-23 coach Enzo Maresca before the Italian struck a deal with Parma on Thursday.
Talks also took place with Roy Keane, with former Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre and former Parkhead captain Paul Lambert other options.
THE MANAGERIAL CAREER OF ANGE POSTECOGLOU UNTIL NOW …
1996-2000: South Melbourne (Australia)
2000-2005: Australia under 17
2000-2007: Australia under 20
2008: Panachaiki FC (Greece)
2009-2012: Brisbane Roar (Australia)
2012-2013: Melbourne Victory (Australia)
2018-present: Yokohama F. Marinos (Japan)