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Celtic: Watch the car-crash interview from 2007 that nearly ended new Ange Postecoglou’s career

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Ange Postecoglu has been appointed as Celtic

This is the extraordinary car-crash TV interview from 2007 where new Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou lost his cool while being questioned on his failure to guide Australia to the Under-20 World Cup.

Postecoglou has been in talks about taking over at Parkhead for weeks and the little-known coach has finally been appointed as Neil Lennon’s successor after a frustrating few months hunting for a replacement. 

But while the 55-year-old might not have the biggest reputation in the world of football, he is infamous in Australia for his heated debate with pundit Craig Foster, who called for him to step down from his position as youth coach of the Socceroos.

Ange Postecoglu has been appointed as Celtic’s new manager to succeed Neil Lennon

At the beginning of his career, Postecoglou was involved in a fiery row on live TV

At the beginning of his career, Postecoglou was involved in a fiery row on live TV 

Postecoglou – who was born in Greece but grew up in Melbourne – began his early management career looking after Australia’s youth teams, taking charge of both the U17s and the U20s in 2000 before coming under pressure after seven years in the role.

His team had suffered a morale damaging defeat to South Korea in 2007, with the Aussies failing to qualify for an U20 World Cup for the first time since 1989, and was invited onto Australian TV show The World Game to discuss what happened.

The interview started calmly, with the main host asking him to explain what he felt went wrong – with Posetecoglou insisting the South Koreans were simply too strong – before former Crystal Palace player Foster butted in to accuse him of blaming his players for the failure.

‘I’m not pointing the players, Fozzy. Hold on a sec. Did you just hear what I said? Am I pointing to the players? This is what annoys me – if you’re going to be critical of me, get it right.’

He was urged to resign by pundit Craig Foster, who criticised his coaching ability after failing to guide Australia's youth side to the U20 World Cup

He was urged to resign by pundit Craig Foster, who criticised his coaching ability after failing to guide Australia’s youth side to the U20 World Cup

The pair then continue to bicker before Fosters asks him to take responsibility for poor results before questioning the quality of his coaching.

‘I take full responsibility for it, I always have in my career. In terms of the quality of my coaching, I’d love for you to come down to a session mate because in the six years I’ve been in charge, I haven’t seen you at a qualifier, haven’t seen you at a World Cup.’

Foster suggests Postecoglou should resign from his job, to which the coach hits back: ‘Of course I’m not going to resign. I always put my future in people who make those decisions. The people who I put a lot more credability in than your assumption…’ 

Foster insists he is not attempting to attack the manager personally, with the youth coach sarcastically replying: ‘That’s great, I feel much better because you’re a really close mate. I don’t care what you think of me Fozzy.

Postecoglou bickered with Foster for around 13 minutes before slamming him for being 'disrespectful' and aiming 'garbage' at him

Postecoglou bickered with Foster for around 13 minutes before slamming him for being ‘disrespectful’ and aiming ‘garbage’ at him

‘We’re not here to be mates,’ Foster says. ‘I’m not here to be your friend I’m saying you’re paid to get results and you didn’t get them.’

The back-and-forth row lasts for nearly 15 minutes, with Postecoglou complaining: ‘If you’re gonna keep on, what’s the point of this interview?’ He ends the segment by slamming the hosts for being ‘disrespectful’ and aiming ‘garbage’ at him. 

He was eventually relieved of his duties that same year, taking time out of the game to work as a TV pundit.

But he bounced back to management with Greek third-tier side Panachaiki and later with Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory, before pulling off a return to the Socceroos with the Australia senior side. 

He was relieved from his position but managed to bounce back as Australia's senior team coach six years later

He was relieved from his position but managed to bounce back as Australia’s senior team coach six years later

He steered the team to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, putting on a brave display but failing to exit the groups – although he did win the Asian Cup the following year.

Postecoglou has since admitted the TV row ‘made me unemployable’ as he was forced to rebuild his career, claiming he couldn’t even get a job as an assistant.  

‘I just didn’t feel it was necessary, didn’t feel it was productive. I knew that interview wasn’t going to go well because we just failed to qualify for both the World Cups, our first time in Asia and my reasoning for doing it was trying to explain to people what was coming. 

‘The accountability already stood with me, but what it did do, it did make me unemployable. I couldn’t even get an assistant coaching role. 

He admits the fallout from the car crash TV interview made him 'unemployable' to other clubs

He admits the fallout from the car crash TV interview made him ‘unemployable’ to other clubs 

Postecoglou has signed a 12-month rolling contract at Celtic and called the club 'a giant'

Postecoglou has signed a 12-month rolling contract at Celtic and called the club ‘a giant’

‘It was the reason I went to Greece for a year because I wasn’t going to let Australian football stop me from my ambitions as a coach. It was disheartening because I just felt everything I had done with South Melbourne as a manager had been forgotten.

‘As all things with life we take our knocks and move on, and it’s safe to say it didn’t hold me back for too long.’ 

Postecoglou, who has signed a 12-month rolling contract with Celtic, called the job ‘one of the greatest honours in football’ – calling them ‘a giant’ and ‘a proper footballing institution – vowing to restore glory to the club.

‘The opportunity that has been given to me is one of the greatest honours in football and the responsibility to lead our magnificent football club into the future is one that I will cherish dearly.  

He said he understood that the club was 'a way of life' and vowed to bring the glory days back

He said he understood that the club was ‘a way of life’ and vowed to bring the glory days back

‘Celtic is one of THE names in world football, of that there is no doubt – a giant of a club, a proper footballing institution and so much more – real history, real substance, real authenticity and real soul. 

‘I know Celtic is a true way of life for so many people and I know the demands which come with this position – I am ready to do all I can to meet those demands. 

‘I will be doing everything I can to get our great Club back on top and, at the same time, deliver the kind of football which our fans appreciate. We want to entertain our fans and we want to win, these are the objectives which I always set myself and which I now begin work on.’ 

Source: DailyMail

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