Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has shared some interesting insight on Ange Postecoglou.
The Lowdown: O’Dea comments
Speaking to Off the Ball last week, Celtic B team coach Darren O’Dea said that Postecoglou acts more like a ‘director of football’ at Parkhead, rather than just a manager.
He added that everything at the club goes through the Australian, but the bosses still retain a lot of autonomy.
Postecoglou is seemingly ‘sticking his neck on the line’, and ‘believes in what he does’, according to O’Dea.
The Latest: McAvennie reacts
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie has shared that Postecoglou speaks to his agent to tell him the players that he wants to sign, and they go and speak to them, claiming that it is ‘crucial’ that he plays a wider role at the Hoops aside from his manager job:
“I think it’s crucial.
“He knows who he brings in will determine if he stays or not. Nobody’s infallible. When they’re playing terribly it falls on the manager. It’s only right that he should buy the players and he gets the blame if they don’t perform well, he’ll get the blame even if it’s not him.
“What I’ve been told is that he speaks to his agent and tells him who he wants and the agent goes and speaks to whoever. It’s great that he can do that. People still fly all over the world to go and watch players, you’ve still got to go and watch them.
“He’s bringing in players and they’re fitting into the changing room, they’re all getting on great. There’s nobody in there that’s a bad apple, anybody that’s wanting to leave will be allowed to leave. People that don’t want to be there will be out the door, Ange will let them leave.“
The Verdict: Working
Postecoglou’s increased role at the club does seem to be working for all parties at this moment in time.
The Hoops currently sit two points clear at the top of the table in the Scottish Premiership, after wrestling the title back off of the hands of their bitter rivals Rangers last season.
In terms of recruitment, Postecoglou has been allowed to bring in the likes of Jota and Daizen Maeda, who performed so well for him on loan that the club have now signed the pair on permanent deals.
Nonetheless, it was not a surprise to see him linked with the Brighton and Hove Albion job in the Premier League, and so the Bhoys will do well to keep him over the next few campaigns.
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