Tottenham Hotspur have officially announced the appointment of former Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou on a 4-year contract.
The long search for a new first-team head coach has finally come to an end at Spurs as the club agreed compensation terms with Celtic who agreed to terminate Postecoglou’s contract.
This comes after Spurs’ unsuccessful pursuit of some of the top coaches in Europe such as Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique. They had also been rejected by current Feyenoord boss Arne Slot.
It was reported earlier that Postecoglou was also impossible to appoint due to his contract with Celtic but Spurs have managed to figure out a way to get their man.
Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy said: “Ange brings a positive mentality and a fast, attacking style of play.”
Levy also added: “He has a strong track record of developing players and an understanding of the importance of the link from the academy – everything that is important to our club. We are excited to have Ange join us as we prepare for the season ahead.”
Postecoglou will become the first Australian to manage in the Premier League. He began his managerial career in Australia with South Melbourne and has also managed the Australian national team from 2013-2017.
The Aussie arrived in Scotland with Celtic FC in 2021 and won the Scottish Premiership two years in a row. His team also completed the domestic treble this season.
The 57-year-old will need to get to work quickly though as he has multiple issues to tackle. Club captain Hugo Lloris is likely to leave the club and star striker Harry Kane’s future is also unclear.
Postecoglou will need to solve these issues to provide some much-needed stability to the club as well as bring in new players to strengthen the squad that finished 8th in the league this season.
Spurs are in a difficult situation with regard to Kane because if Daniel Levy prices him out of a move yet again, he can leave the club next season as a free agent. It remains to be seen if Postecoglou is the calibre of manager that would convince him to stay.
For now, Postecoglou will also have to be actively involved in the recruitment process as Spurs are yet to appoint a new Sporting Director. Spurs may be one of the hardest jobs to come into as a new manager in European football currently.