What Tottenham players can expect in training if Ange Postecoglou is appointed next manager

Tottenham players can expect intense training sessions at Hotspur Way if Ange Postecoglou is confirmed as the club’s next manager

Tottenham players can expect incredibly intense training sessions on another level from July onwards if Ange Postecoglou is named as the club’s next manager. Working his magic at Celtic and previously coming to the attention of both Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea, the Australian is now the odds-on favourite for the Spurs vacancy.

The 57-year-old’s football philosophy would see Tottenham return to the playing style for which they are known for, with his Celtic team playing attractive and entertaining football on a weekly basis and taking Scotland by storm as a result. Postecoglou’s last game as Celtic manager could come on Saturday evening when they take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Cup final.

Having already lifted the Scottish Premiership and League Cup this campaign, victory will see Postecoglou claim five from a possible six trophies on offer in his two years in Scotland. The Australian’s work on the training ground has completely paid off, with his players completely buying into it and success has duly followed.

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Speaking last August, Harry Kewell, who is now first team coach at Celtic, opened up on working with Postecoglou day in, day out and revealed what it is like for the players on the training pitch. If the ex-Brisbane Roar manager is to take over at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, training will be intense but the players will love it as Postecoglou paints the clearest of pictures.

“When people talk about he plays a beautiful way … I mean, you should see the training sessions,” said Kewell, in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald. “These boys are put through it. He demands, every single day: ‘Get that ball, move that ball’.

“Intense? Wow. I feel like I’m intense. He just takes it to another level, but in a good way. I get to see it every day. I usually don’t get taken aback by certain movements in certain plays. But when I see certain things, I go, ‘Decent, they’re decent.’

“The one thing he does paint is the clearest pictures. You would have to be silly not to understand it, because he picks out everything and he will show you, and then you can’t argue with it, because it’s there: it’s in black and white, plus it’s in colour, plus it’s on video, plus it’s on the pitch. It is as clear as day when it comes to the messages. And I think that’s why the players love it.”

Well aware of Postecoglou’s work in his home country, Kewell joined Celtic’s backroom team last June. The former Premier League player is certainly enjoying his time working alongside “a master” and he believes his colleague is “starting to push up to be one of the greats of the European game”.

“It’s pretty good to sit back and watch and learn, from I have to say, a master,” explained the former Leeds man. “He’s probably Australia’s greatest coach. And now, he’s starting to push up to be one of the greats of the European game.

“You just pick his brains. It doesn’t matter, whatever it is, you can just ask him a simple question, and he’ll just give it to you straight. When I received the call from him, I was blown away – the way he has spoken, the way he had mentioned me to be a part of it. I was like, wow. It takes a lot for me to be impressed.

“What the manager came into last year, and what he’s created … I mean, you just walk around town and people love him. They love his aura, they love the way he’s a straight talker – he commands the room when he walks in there. But the important thing is he’s winning football matches, and [doing it] his way.

“That’s what’s Celtic have missed just recently is their identity. And now I think you can clearly say they’ve got an identity, and now they’re working on that identity to become even better.”

He added: “You only live once, right? So, why not just play the way that you’re comfortable with, and go out there and see it?”

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