Kevin Phillips has dropped an intriguing verdict surrounding Ange Postecoglou’s prospective role in Celtic’s recruitment process [Football Insider].
The Latest: Celtic finally have a new man in the dugout after nearly four months of limbo
After nearly four months in the managerial wilderness, Celtic officially confirmed 55-year-old Ange Postecoglou as their new head coach on Thursday 10th June 2021 [Celtic FC Official].
As reported by the Scottish Sun, the Australian is set to have the final say over incomings and outgoings at the Glasgow giants. In response, Phillips was quick to share his take on proceedings, as the Australian is thrust into the Scottish football goldfish bowl.
Should Postecoglou have full control over transfer activity?
The Latest: Phillips agrees that Postecoglou should have autonomy over transfer activity
Speaking in an interview with Football Insider, Phillips signified that Postecoglou should have full power to cultivate his own squad, stating:
“That’s one of the biggest things as a manager going in. They want to keep control of who comes in and who doesn’t because then there’s nobody to blame. There’s no director of football to blame, you take sole responsibility.
“It’s brave because if signings don’t work out, you get the blame for it.
“But I think it’s great that managers are going in there with full control because ultimately they’re the ones that have to work with them.”
The Verdict: Postecoglou should be given every chance to succeed at Celtic
Upon reflection, the ex-pro turned pundit makes an interesting point. If the former Yokohama Marinos manager is to be a smash hit at Parkhead, he should be given every opportunity to operate in an agreeable environment.
By having full control over his own acquisitions, Postecoglou will be able to tactically mould a side that is comfortable within the realms of his high-octane style of football.
Ultimately, this will create the fairest reflection of his capabilities to handle the pressure of being a Celtic manager without interference.
If he can get it right, the Hoops could mount a serious challenge as they look to reclaim the Scottish Premiership title at the first attempt.
In other news, Olivier Ntcham nears an exit from Celtic Park.
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