Tottenham rejected again, Celtic boss says he’ll stay on after being first choice
Tottenham Hotspur’s search for a new manager has hit a snag. A series of candidates have been rejected by the club. Celtic boss Anze Postecoglou, 58, the ‘Oh Hyun-kyu teacher’, has announced his intention to stay at the club.
“Postecoglou, who has been linked with Tottenham, has revealed that he is focusing on his club Celtic’s treble,” Sky Sports reported on the 26th (Korean time). This is a strong indication that he will stay with the club instead of taking the Tottenham job. Spurs currently have a managerial vacancy. However, the search for a new manager is not looking easy. Several names have been floated as possible candidates for the Spurs job, but each time they’ve declared their intentions to stay at the club and dismissed speculation of a Spurs appointment. Postecoglou was no different. “The most important place for me is Celtic,” he said, adding that he had “never planned anything with my football career”.토토사이트
It’s only recently that the Greek coach has made the leap to European football. Prior to that, he played mainly in the Asian leagues. He began his coaching career in 1996 with South Melbourne (Australia) and has since worked in the Australian leagues with Brisbane Roar, Melbourne Victory and the Australian U-20 team. From 2013 to 2017, he was the head coach of the Australian national team. After that, Postecoglou chose a new path. He moved to the Japanese J-League and led the Yokohama Marinos (Japan) for three years, from 2018 to 2021. After being recognised for his leadership, Postecoglou was appointed Celtic manager in 2021. Despite it being his first foray into European football, he won the Scottish League and League Cup last season.
This season, he’s aiming for the treble. Celtic’s dominant form saw them clinch their 53rd league title early on. Celtic, who also won the League Cup in February, will play Inverness in the Scottish Cup final on 4 March. A win would give Celtic their eighth treble. “It’s not every year that you get the chance to win a treble,” said Postecoglou. “It’s not every year that you get the chance to win a treble,” he dismissed, “and if anyone says I’m thinking about something else, he doesn’t know me. The role of national team striker Oh Hyun-gyu has also been crucial. After arriving in a Celtic shirt last winter via the transfer market, Oh has been a rotation player, scoring four goals in 15 league appearances. With only three starts, he has made his presence felt in a small amount of playing time. Oh also scored a goal in the previous match against Hibernian on the 25th. In the 13th minute of the second half, he won the ball in a tussle with a defender inside the penalty box before calmly firing a shot that rattled the net.
Eventually, Tottenham will need to find a new manager. Feyenoord (Netherlands) coach Arne Schotte, who was recently tipped as Tottenham’s number one candidate for the job, has suddenly re-signed with the club. His contract runs until 2025, but has been extended for another year. The reason why Tottenham couldn”t keep him is money. According to a report by British football outlet 90MIN, Feyenoord demanded £17.5 million in penalty fees for Slott and his coaching staff, which Spurs refused to accept. Slott, a Dutchman, led Feyenoord to the league title this season. Feyenoord beat off strong competition from Ajax and PSV Eindhoven to reach the top flight for the first time in six years. Slott was in charge of Alkmaar in the same league before taking over at Feyenoord in 2021. In his first season in charge, in 2019-20, he led Alkmaar to second place in the league, after they had been favourites but far from title contenders. Attacking football is Slott’s colour.
Tottenham have been linked with a number of managers over the years. Former Bayern Munich boss Juergen Nagelsmann has been approached, while there have also been reports of interest from Mauricio Pochettino of Burnley (England) and Xabi Alonso of Bayer Leverkusen (Germany). However, negotiations with Nagelsmann fell through, and both Kompany and Alonso announced their intention to stay at their respective clubs. Forced to change direction, Tottenham also made approaches to Slott and Postecoglou, but these fell through. Spurs have now reportedly shortlisted Ruben Amorim of Sporting (Portugal), former Spain national team manager Luis Enrique, Thomas Frank of Brentford (England), former Leicester City (England) manager Brendan Rodgers, and former Chelsea (England) manager Graham Potter.
Tottenham have had a tough time this season. The club has seen two managers depart amid a string of poor results. Former Italian ‘mastermind’ Antonio Conte, who was dubbed a title-winning coach, was sacked due to poor results. His successor, acting manager Christian Stellini, left the club last month following a 1-6 shock defeat at Newcastle. Ryan Mason, who played alongside Son “Sonshine” Heung-min as a player, is now in charge. But even under Mason, Spurs have struggled. In their last five league games, they have won one, drawn one, and lost three. They have slipped to eighth place in the league table (57 points) and are struggling to qualify for European competition next season. Tottenham play their final league game of the season on the 29th against Leeds United. A win and a draw with seventh-placed Aston Villa (58 points) or a defeat would see them qualify for the Europa League, which is awarded to the seventh-placed team.