Tottenham Hotspur announce Ange Postecoglou as new head coach

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Ange Postecoglou is set to make history by becoming the first Australian to manage in the Premier League.

Postecoglou will take over as the First Team Head Coach of Tottenham Hotspurs for the forthcoming season, signing a four-year contract that will commence on July 1.

Talking about the appointment, chairman Daniel Levy said, "Ange has a strong track record of developing players and an understanding of the importance of the link from the academy - everything that is important to our Club. His arrival signals a positive step forward as we prepare for the season ahead."

Postecoglou is no stranger to achieving success on the football field. His managerial career kicked off at South Melbourne, leading the team to two National Soccer League titles and an Oceania Club Championship.

He honed his skills further by managing the Australian national under-17s and under-20s teams.

He then made his mark in the A-League with Brisbane Roar, making history as the first coach to secure consecutive A-League Championship titles.

He led the team to Premiership glory in 2011 and clinched the Championship Grand Finals in 2011 and 2012.

The Australian manager's success on the international stage is equally impressive. As the Australian senior national team manager from 2013 to 2017, he led the team to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, won the AFC Asian Cup in 2015, and secured qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Before agreeing to manage in the Premier League, Postecoglou made his mark in the J1 League with Yokohama F. Marinos, winning the championship in 2019.

He also enjoyed a successful tenure at Celtic, winning the Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup in 2021/22, and notably delivering the treble in the 2022/23 season.

Tottenham Hotspur's managerial history has seen some significant shifts in recent years.

José Mourinho had a relatively short stint with the club, lasting only 17 months before his dismissal in April 2021.

His successor, Nuno Espírito Santo, had an even shorter tenure, being in charge for just four months.

Antonio Conte, the next in line, brought a turnaround for Spurs. Under his guidance, Tottenham returned to the Champions League by securing fourth place during the 2021-22 season.

Despite this achievement, a spell of poor performances cast a cloud over Conte's tenure. His criticism of players and the club's management in press conferences stirred controversy, and the situation worsened as Spurs were knocked out of both the Champions League and FA Cup.

Conte and Tottenham decided to part ways by mutual agreement in March 2023.

As Spurs prepare to turn a new page, they look towards Ange Postecoglou for a fresh start. Postecoglou's impressive track record in domestic competitions as well as his history with the Australian national team, may provide fans hope for Tottenham's forthcoming season.