Simon Jordan feels a move to Tottenham Hotspur would be too soon for Middlesbrough manager Michael Carrick as the Premier League overachievers turn their attention to Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou.
The feeling around Ange Postecoglou, in some quarters anyway, is that this is an elite-level coach who, for whatever reason, has not yet been given a chance to prove himself in an elite-level competition.
Though that could soon change.
The Sun believe that Postecoglou could be confirmed as Tottenham Hotspur’s new manager as early as next week. The 57-year-old guided Brisbane Roar to the longest unbeaten run in A-League history, he won the 2015 Asian Cup with Australia, secured the Japanese title with Yokohama F Marinos and, after leading Celtic to a second successive Scottish Premiership crown, is 90 minutes away from adding a 21st trophy to his enviable collection of silverware during Saturday’s Scottish Cup final with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Some have suggested that Middlesbrough boss and former Tottenham midfielder Michael Carrick should also be high on Daniel Levy’s wishlist but, after just six admittedly-successful months in senior management, former Crystal Palace owner Jordan believes that Postecoglou’s vast experience and a proven track record when it comes to winning trophies makes him the rightful frontrunner.
Celtic’s Ange Postecoglou closing in on Tottenham job
“Not really,” Jordan tells talkSPORT (1 June, 11am); asked if former Manchester United assistant Carrick is ready for the Tottenham job.
“He was part of a coaching set up at Man United. He stepped in after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got removed. But I don’t think he showed any credentials that could be of any use to Spurs at this stage.
“He’s done brilliantly well at Middlesbrough. But he’s got a lot more to learn. Taking the Tottenham job at this stage would be very difficult for him.”
Postecoglou, meanwhile, is not only a proven winner, but also an elite developer of young talent. Not to mention a coach who prides himself upon the sort of free-flowing, attacking style of football Spurs fans have been pining for during years of pragmatism under Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo.
“They’re probably one of the best teams I’ve seen play out from the back,” a said a stunned Raheem Sterling after a pre-season clash between Manchester City and Postecoglou’s Yokohama F Marinos a few years ago.
“They played some great football, so it was a great test for us.”
The sun add that West Ham boss David Moyes is a candidate to replace Postecoglou at Celtic.