Fabrizio Romano confirms details of Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham deal

Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that the deal between Ange Postecoglou and Tottenham has already been agreed with the departing Celtic manager securing a contract that will keep him at Tottenham until June 2025 with an additional one year option included in the deal.

The transfer expect also revealed that the only step remaining is for Celtic to give the green light to the deal that will see then lose a manager who has won five from six domestic honours in his two seasons in Glasgow and has re-energised the club from top to bottom, bringing in some brilliant players such as Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carl Starfelt, Kyogo, Jota, Liel Abada, Reo Hatate, Daizen Maeda and many more to boot.

Celtic will be determined to ensure that the compensation figure secured is adequate and will be in no rush to sanction the deal while they work in the background on a suitable replacement. For Daniel Levy time is of the essence and that urgency from the Premier League club will strengthen Celtic’s hand and hopefully the sum achieved is of a similar level to the £8.5m that Leicester City had to pay in order to secure the services of Brendan Rodgers on February 2019.

Ironically enough Rodgers is now the favourite to get the Celtic job for a second time, something that both Billy McNeill and Neil Lennon have already done incidentally. And Rodgers is currently out of work so there will be nothing needed to be paid and the former manager will be able to start straight away.

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There are a few concerns in looking at bringing back Rodgers, the first is the reaction of the Celtic support and the other is concerns over his judgement in the transfer market. Celtic certainly did trust Ange Postecoglou’s judgement and will good cause. However the same couldn’t really be said for Rodgers last time round.

The Celtic support is knowledgeable about the game and will be prepared to back Rodgers as the manager although badge kissing might not be a good idea and the Last Christmas song is unlikely to modified back to include him for a second time. As a paid mercenary he can deliver continued success that that will be enough for the support.

On the second issue, the hope that the current system that is now in place regarding recruitment is exactly how things should continue. Michael Nicholson, Peter Lawwell and of course Dermot Desmond are hardly likely to sanction a return to the transfer structure back in 2018 and that would be made clear to Rodgers ahead of a second appointment.

Ange Postecoglou previously explained that he was given a range of potential targets for the positions that the club wished to strengthen then he would make the final decision, a responsibility that he took seriously and it seemed to work very well indeed. That can be explained to Rodgers who as we reported this morning has previously stated that he would absolutely welcome a second chance to manager Celtic.

Brendan Rodgers Manager of Celtic arrive at Celtic Park in Glasgow before the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Second Round,Second Leg match between Celtic and Linfield at Celtic Park Stadium on July 19, 2017. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Incidentally, you might have missed this brilliant article from our Japanese writer on The Celtic Star which was published on Saturday morning ahead of the Scottish Cup Final. Yatao reports on Reo Hatate’s article in the Japanese media where the Celtic midfielder gives an insider’s account of what among other things his difficulty coping with the injury picked up against Hibs in March and the impact that the Celtic fans had on him for his return against theRangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final at the end of April.

Reo Hatate also explains what happened in the Celtic dressing room at Tynecastle at half-time on the day we won the league and how Ange Postecoglou’s instructions to Hatate helped Celtic win that match. It’s a fascinating read and the link is below…

READ THIS…This is Yatao – Reo Hatate on experiences gained this season at Celtic

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  1. Martin Blackshaw on

    I think Jesse Marsch would be a better fit for Celtic. He has the same playing method as Postecoglu, so it would be relatively seemless. He should also be able to deliver better results than Postecoglu in European competition because, let’s face it, last year’s outing was pretty dire.

    So now Postecoglu will go beating the chest and gritting the teeth for the benefit of Spurs fans, telling one and all how special the football club and the group of players are. He’ll be “one of their own” in no time and will doubtless fire them all up to produce results that will get him to his next destination, which he hopes will be Liverpool. Then it will be thanks and goodbye to Spurs as well.

    Do I sound a little miffed? It’s because I am sick to death of badge kissers and chest thumpers who wax lyrical about Celtic and then dump the club to feed their ego as soon as a big English club shows interest, even if it is a basket case club with a stingy and ruthless Chief Executive. Celtic pulled Postecoglu out of obscurity and took a chance on him. For me, he owes more than just 2 years of domestic success in return, and that includes righting his dismal failure in Europe last year.

    As for this move being for the benefit of his family. I don’t think uprooting his young kids again after only 2 years is going to benefit them very much. He’ll make more money, for sure, but he has already made plenty to keep his family in comfort. An estimated £2.2 million a year at Celtic is money the average person can only dream about. It boils down to selfish ambition. Sorry, but that’s the hollow truth of it. Good riddance, Ange!

    • Amen to that .Ange would still be twiddling his thumbs in Japan had we not taken him. He virtually ran off the platform on Saturday night knowing that all his talk about being “ sidetracked “ was a load of nonsense.It was our own fault though we turned him into some sort of deity and some actually still believe he is. He had no intention of improving the club for the club’s sake ,that was just incidental as he went after his own interests . Some say he was after a move to Spurs months ago. Bye Ange,don’t let the door hit you on the way out.