English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur has agreed a contract with Celtic manager Enze Postecoglou, The Times reported on Friday (Aug. 5).
According to the report, Spurs have agreed terms with Postecoglou on a two-year contract with an option for a one-year extension.
“A formal announcement will be made shortly,” the Times said.
Spurs have been searching for a new manager since sacking Antonio Conte in March over poor results.
Arne Slott of Feyenoord in the Netherlands had emerged as the favorite to take over, but that all came to a screeching halt when Slott unexpectedly announced his departure on March 25. Feyenoord’s demand for £12 million in compensation also proved too much for Spurs.
Postecoglou has since emerged as a possible replacement. Tottenham’s plans to appoint Australian Scott Moon as chief executive also bolstered Pochettino’s chances. Both Pochettino and Moon are from the same country, Australia, and are part of the City Football Group, which owns 11 clubs around the world in addition to Manchester City.
Levy wanted a “young” coach who was emerging in European soccer, so the 57-year-old Postecoglou was not on his radar despite his stellar record.
However, Levy has come to appreciate Postecoglou’s charisma, very organic tactical style, and shrewd recruitment.
According to The Times, Celtic have John Kennedy in mind to succeed Postecoglou as assistant manager, but Postecoglou is keen to bring Kennedy with him to Tottenham.
Postecoglou led Celtic to the Scottish Premiership title this season after winning the Scottish League Cup, and completed the ‘Domestic Treble’ by winning the Scottish Cup on April 4. 먹튀검증
Born in Greece, Postekoglou moved to Melbourne, Australia, at the age of five, where he grew up.
After representing the Australian national team as a player, Postekoglou retired and began his coaching career in Australia. Starting with South Melbourne in 1996, he coached the Australian age-group national team before moving up through the ranks of Australian Pro League teams and eventually taking the reins of the Australian national team from 2013 to 2017.
He then spent three years at the helm of the Yokohama Marinos in Japan’s J-League before taking over at Celtic last year. Celtic appointed Postecoglou after losing manager Eddie Howe to Newcastle United.
In his first year in charge, Postecoglou led Celtic to the title last season and was named PFA Scottish Manager of the Year.