Ange Postecoglou reckons his late father Jim would have 5 easy phrases for him as he takes the reins at Tottenham: “Do not stuff it up, mate.”
- Postecoglu is the primary Australian to handle a Premier League membership
- The membership completed eighth within the EPL final season
- The Spurs will tackle West Ham in a pleasant in Perth on Tuesday
The rise of the previous Socceroos boss to change into the primary Australian supervisor within the English Premier League has been meteoric.
And his problem to show Tottenham right into a title-winning membership looms as the most important of his profession.
Postecoglou fronted an enormous media pack on Monday forward of his first recreation as Spurs supervisor, a pleasant in opposition to fellow EPL outfit West Ham in Perth on Tuesday night time.
The 27-minute press convention coated an array of matters, from the way forward for England captain Harry Kane, to how Postecoglou deliberate to win over the membership’s followers with an attacking — and profitable — model of soccer.
Nevertheless it was the ultimate query that struck the most important chord.
When requested what his father Jim, who died in 2018, would have stated to him about touchdown one of many largest jobs in English soccer, Postecoglou cracked a wry smile.
“Do not stuff it up, mate,” he replied.
“I’ve stated earlier than, he is been the best affect on my life,” Postecoglou stated.
“He nonetheless is … He was additionally a tough man, arduous to please.
“[He would] pat me on the again however give me a smack on the top as nicely to verify I stayed targeted on what’s vital.
“He all the time stated, ‘You do these items for different folks,’ and I am doing it for my household now — my boys and my spouse and all these folks.
“My dad, my mum — I had a extremely completely happy childhood. I do know they have been working arduous to guarantee that I did not realise simply how robust it was for us as a household.”
Success has adopted Postecoglou wherever he has gone.
From Brisbane Roar, to the Socceroos, to Yokohama F Marinos in Japan and extra just lately Glasgow giants Celtic, Postecoglou’s path has been suffering from trophies, together with Scotland’s home treble final season.
However the problem at Tottenham is by far the best of his teaching profession, and he’s embracing the stress.
Spurs’ record of current managers consists of luminaries corresponding to José Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino, in addition to Antonio Conte and Nuno Espírito Santo.
It’s a robust act to comply with for Postecoglou, who faces a serious job to realize acceptance from the north London membership’s success-starved supporters.
A bunch of followers began a #NoToPostecoglou hashtag when whispers emerged that he might change into Tottenham’s subsequent supervisor.
Tottenham completed eighth within the EPL final season, wherein then-manager Conte labelled his gamers egocentric. Not since their Eleventh-placed end in 2007-08 and eighth-placed end a yr later have they endured such a poor marketing campaign.
One in every of Postecoglou’s major duties will probably be making certain the tradition throughout the membership turns into a energy.
One other issues the way forward for England captain Harry Kane, who’s being closely linked to German powerhouse Bayern Munich.
Postecoglou continues to be not sure whether or not Kane will keep, and says he is not going to be pressuring the star striker into a fast resolution.