AP-The Real McCoy?
Over 100 days since we started our hunt for a new manager-which really should have been underway long long before that-and we finally have the fabled white smoke over Celtic Park. A huge welcome then to Ange Postecoglou as he arrives to take the reins during what is going to be a very difficult time for our club.
Although very few of us could have told you a damn thing about the man prior to him being formally linked with us,we are reliably informed that we have been keeping tabs on him for around the last four years. Really? At around the time we were basking in the afterglow of The Invincible Season? Ok,then. We will stick by that narrative if the club insist on it.
AP joins us with a record that is unlikely to have the opposition quaking in their boots,but equally it does have some success sprinkled in amongst it. Around half a dozen titles in Australia plus a couple of local Champions League equivalents,and another six or so international tournaments with the Australian age groups. He also won the Asian Federation Cup while managing the full national team with his country and took them also to The World Cup in 2014 and 2018. Plus a title in Japan with Yokohama.
He is clearly no mug,and it would be doing him a disservice to believe that he is one. Equally I doubt that he would have been anyone’s first choice either. Especially given the fact that he doesn’t possess the necessary coaching badges that are a UEFA requirement for working at this level within its jurisdiction. We still haven’t received the official nod from them to enable him to work for us,and hopefully this will be received while he is banged up under quarantine until nearer the end of the month. Nor has there been any mention of him bringing in his own coaching staff to work alongside him,nor of the much-vaunted Director of Football who would surely be able to help him adjust to his new surroundings and an unfamiliar player market.
That of course has to be our biggest concern,that we have a new manager who is unfamiliar with the local and continental markets just as we are looking probably at our biggest squad rebuild in decades,and possibly ever. We will likely need a minimum of four defenders and two each in midfield,wide and up front. That’s the equivalent of an entire new outfield playing staff,and not a prospect which we should take lightly. Who will advise him on this,given his unfamiliarity? Who will offer up suggestions for signing targets? Who even will scout those targets on his behalf?
Recent history tells us that these things have rarely been a task offered to the manager anyway at Celtic,but then that also explains why we are in this position in the first place. It really is not the place we should expect a well run club to be in,is it? Which premise would depend on us actually being just that,of course.
AP has his work cut out to make any impression on the momentum that our rivals have built up,and DMcK has a very difficult job too in order to support him and to supply him with the raw materials to work with. Or even to persuade those raw materials in the form of new signings to join us at a time of flux. It is my opinion that he is a brave man to take the job on at all,but then he probably feels that Celtic is a terrific club with a worldwide reputation and support base,that he may be unlikely to receive a similar offer from a club of a similar stature.
Or he might just relish the challenge!
Either way,every Celtic supporter will want him to succeed,and mightily so. Our support for him is a given,but he has a horrendously difficult task in front of him. For that reason,the support of the fans might be considered incidental-that the real crux of the matter is that our board give him their full backing,and every support that is requested of them.
For it is the board who got us into this mess,and it is incumbent on them to do everything in their power to help AP get us out of it. As I said the other day…
Good luck,Ange-you’re gonna need it.
Above article by BMCUWP