Son Heung-min (30) finally has a new coach. Enzi Postecoglu (57), who coached Oh Hyun-gyu (22), has left Celtic to become Tottenham’s new head coach.
Tottenham officially announced Postecoglou’s appointment through their official channel on June 6 (KST). “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Postecoglou as the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur,” the club said. “Mr. Postecoglou, who becomes the first Australian manager in the English Premier League (EPL), will join the team on July 1. We will appoint his coaching staff in due course.” The contract is for four years. The four-year contract is the longest since former manager Mauricio Pochettino.
“Coach Postecoglou has a positive mindset and plays aggressive, fast football,” said Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy of the appointment. “He develops players in the right way and recognizes the importance of the youth academy,” he added. “We are excited to have him on board as we prepare for next season.” 메이저사이트
Tottenham complete ‘search for new manager’…three months after Conte’s resignation
Tottenham have completed their search for a new manager, nearly three months after the departure of Antonio Conte in March. After Conte’s departure, assistant coach Christian Stellini and Ryan Mason led the team on an acting basis, but their form slipped further and they ended the season in eighth place in the league. They also failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 14 years.
The search for a new coach was not an easy one. Most of the candidates Tottenham approached were rejected. The first choice, Julian Nagelsmann, was initially rejected and Luis Enrique was not convinced. Pochettino, who oversaw Tottenham’s renaissance, also ignored the courtship and took the Chelsea job. Feyenoord coach Arne Slott was close to signing him but changed his mind, saying he had “a lot of work to do to stay at Feyenoord”.
Postecoglou was recognized for his leadership this season as he guided Celtic to a “dominant treble” (three domestic titles). Levy, who was struggling to find a new manager, turned to him, and Scott Moon, who is set to take over as Tottenham’s chief executive, backed him. And so Postecoglou became Spurs’ new manager. He reportedly communicated his desire to play in the EPL, the world’s top league, to Celtic.
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Postecoglou was born in Greece but is an Australian citizen. As such, he is well versed in Asian soccer. Before taking over at Celtic, he managed the Yokohama Marinos for around three years, leading them to the J-League title. At the 2015 Asian Cup, he led the Socceroos to their first-ever Asian Cup title, beating South Korea 2-1 in the final.
He has a good grasp of the strengths of Asian soccer, and he is also favorable to Asian players. He brought Oh Hyun-gyu to Celtic from Suwon Samsung shortly after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, a player he had been eyeing for some time. In addition to Oh, Celtic now has four Japanese players, including top scorers Kyogo Furuhashi and Daizen Maida.
In addition to Oh, Postecoglou also coached Son Heung-min, another Korean European player. Oh has made a successful transition to Europe this season under the coach’s trust. He has been a regular starter and substitute, scoring seven goals in the league, making his prospects for next season even brighter. His chemistry with teammate Son Heung-min shouldn’t be a problem either. Postecoglou plays an attacking style of soccer based on a 4-3-3 formation, and Son is expected to be the focal point of the attack.