Pundit Alan Brazil is not convinced Ange Postecoglou will be a smash hit at Celtic, via talkSPORT, following the developments around the Parkhead dugout in recent weeks.
The Lowdown: Celtic still without a permanent boss
Understandably, Hoops fans are desperate for some clarity regarding their managerial situation. After previous boss Neil Lennon resigned from the role in February [The Irish Times], the Celts have now gone 100 days without appointing his successor.
Initially pursuing former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe as the heir to the Parkhead dugout, the deal collapsed after almost three months of talks [Glasgow Times]. Currently speaking, coach John Kennedy is still in interim charge of the club [Sky Sports].
The Latest: Brazil shocked by recent developments
The Glasgow side are reportedly now pursuing current Yokohama F. Marinos boss Postecoglou [Daily Record].
However, Celtic have been forced to apply for an exemption due to the 55-year-old failing to obtain prerequisite UEFA licenses to manage in Europe [Daily Star].
That development prompted an animated response from the popular sports commentator. Speaking to Ally McCoist on talkSPORT Breakfast, the 61-year-old quipped: “Is this a wind up?
“This has got to be a wind-up,” he continued, “Where do they come up with these guys from?”
The Verdict: Postecoglou should be given every chance
Though Brazil’s anger towards the situation as a whole is understandable, Postecoglou’s pedigree as a manager cannot be disregarded.
Despite only spending one brief spell in Europe at Greek side Panachaiki in 2008 [Transfermarkt] the Aussie has won accolades such as the Asian Cup with Australia, three A-League titles and the Japanese J League crown with his current employers [Transfermarkt].
Postecoglou would provide some much-needed impetus to a fragmented Celtic side – known for his focus on youth development, as well as high analytics and intense scouting [Forbes].
Nevertheless, the Scottish giants need to settle this score swiftly. Failure to hire a head coach imminently could set the Hoops back in their attempts to reclaim the Scottish Premiership title in 2021/22, with the dragging uncertainty only serving to make fans more anxious.
In other news, Celtic face a huge battle to land a long-term transfer target.
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