Celtic seek UEFA waiver for Ange Postecoglou to take charge of Scottish giants, but lengthy process means the former Australian boss may not be present for the start of pre-season preparation
- Celtic hoped to appoint Postecoglou as their new manager
- But the 55-year-old does not have the mandatory qualification to take the lead
- Celtic have applied for ‘recognition of competence’ for Postecoglou
Celtic have applied for an exemption from UEFA in their bid to appoint Ange Postecoglou as their next manager.
But the formal trial means the 55-year-old may be out of place when the Celtic players return for season preparation on June 18.
Yokohama F. Marinos boss does not hold the required UEFA Pro license which is mandatory for coaches in frontline roles at the highest level of European football.
Ange Postecoglou could be denied the Celtic job by UEFA for his lack of qualification qualification
But Celtic have applied for a ‘recognition of ability’ for Postecoglou, citing his 25 years of experience in the game.
A UEFA spokesperson told Sky Sports: “Mr Postecoglou does not currently hold the UEFA Pro licence.
‘A procedure for the recognition of competence has been started. The process can take several weeks. We have no further information to provide at this time.’
Greek-born Australian Postecoglou has become the clear frontrunner after talks with Eddie Howe failed.
Yokohama F. Marinos boss does not hold the required UEFA Pro license
The 55-year-old is not properly qualified due to his lack of management experience within Europe.
Despite a career spanning 25 years, he has spent just 10 months of that in Europe – all while in charge of Greek third division team Panachaiki in 2008.
His only other coaching period outside of Australia is his current stint with Japan’s Yokohama F Marinos, where he has been on the hot seat for the past three years.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard did not have a UEFA Pro license when he took charge of the Ibrox club, but he had started it before his appointment in 2017 and completed it a year later.
Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has already turned down the chance to take over at Celtic