Report sheds new light on Spurs approach for Postecoglou; respect for Celtic

A report has shed new light on how and when Tottenham Hotspur approached Celtic for permission to speak to Ange Postecoglou.

The Australian departed for pastures new yesterday, ending a glorious two-year stint in Glasgow.

Discussion about Postecoglou‘s future had dominated headlines for the previous week and now we have found out some more information in an article from The Athletic.

The outlet have produced a long-read detailing Spurs’ recruitment process following Antonio Conte’s departure in March.

There are some interesting findings. Firstly, that Postecoglou was on the Spurs radar from the very early days. They felt he could give them a “cultural reset” as the article puts it.

It seems like there were many other names on the London side’s agenda. Mauricio Pochettino, Vincent Kompany, Roberto De Zerbi and Arne Slot are all named — but didn’t happen for differing reasons.

By the time Spurs’ season ended, only Postecoglou and former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique were left.

They opted for our former boss, with the decision finalised around a week ago.

The report says that nobody as Spurs wanted to say anything before our Scottish Cup final “out of respect for Celtic and their fans”.

Once the celebrations were over, Tottenham “accelerated” the move.

Talks between the clubs took place on Sunday and the finer details were agreed on Monday, with Postecoglou announced a day later.

The positive news for us is that that Ange has moved on at a good time. The season is over and we have time to get this right, although many supporters will want a quick appointment to steady things.

We’ll certainly be appointing someone sooner than the 72 days it took Tottenham.