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.
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 latest on the future of Ange Postecoglou as Spurs bid to appoint the Celtic manager.
Thoughts, Celtic fans? ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/U9kAVqup7d
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) June 5, 2023
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.
Ange Postecoglou has already agreed terms of the contract with Tottenham as reported in the morning: deal until June 2025, one more year option included. 🚨⚪️ #THFC
The only step needed is to get the green light from Celtic; then Ange will become new Spurs head coach. https://t.co/Lx4kRxVf1j
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 5, 2023
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Brendan Rodgers & Jesse Marsch are two names in the frame to become the next Celtic manager.
Celtic have already begun working on the successor to Ange Postecoglou.
— Everything Celtic (@aboutceltic) June 5, 2023
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…