Tottenham Hotspur have appointed Ange Postecoglou as their new head coach, signing him on a four-year deal. Postecoglou, the former Celtic boss, brings to an end a lengthy pursuit of a permanent successor to Antonio Conte, who departed in March. Postecoglou will become the first Australian to manage in the Premier League and will take charge on July 1.
Postecoglou has a reputation for instigating cultural change and re-energising the style of play in the teams he has managed. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said that Postecoglou brings a positive mentality and a fast, attacking style of play. A four-year deal for Postecoglou reflects a desire for a long-term rebuild at Tottenham at a time when there is doubt over the future of record goal-scorer Harry Kane, who is out of contract at the end of next season.
Postecoglou has won domestic titles in Australia and Japan, and at Celtic he won every major domestic honour including back-to-back Premiership titles. He has climbed the ranks through AFC teams before taking the helm with the Australian National team and then moving to the J-League to turn Yokohama F. Marinos into a dominant force. At Celtic, he has gone outside the box in building a team that has taken the Scottish Premier League by storm.
Tottenham needs stability desperately, and Postecoglou may be the one to provide it. However, his uncompromising approach to his principles, which is mainly that his teams play exciting, attacking football, could either go spectacularly well or spectacularly badly. If anyone tries to interfere with his vision, he simply will not stand for it. Postecoglou is seen as a gamble because he is 57 years old and has never managed in one of Europe's top leagues. Nonetheless, Tottenham seems determined to give him a chance to turn the team around.