Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has told the club he wants to join Tottenham
He would like assistant John Kennedy to join him at the Premier League club
Spurs have been without a permanent boss since sacking Antonio ConteAnge Postecoglou has informed Celtic that he wants to become the next manager of Tottenham Hotspur.
And the Australian would like trusted Parkhead assistant John Kennedy to join him in north London.
The English Premier League side are set to make a formal approach for Postecoglou on Monday.
He clinched Celtic’s eighth domestic Treble with a 3-1 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final.
And Mail Sport understands that, on Saturday night, the 57-year-old informed directors and colleagues, including major shareholder Dermot Desmond, of his desire to join Spurs.A debrief meeting to discuss the Treble-winning season is scheduled for the football department staff today. It’s understood Postecoglou will not now attend.
Appointed in June 2021 on a 12-month rolling contract, he has pointedly refused to rule himself out of the running to succeed Antonio Conte after the London club failed to land previous targets Julian Nagelsmann and Arne Slot.Spurs now hope to progress a deal after permission is granted and final discussions take place, with Postecoglou scheduled to go on holiday with his family tomorrow. Celtic will now begin the task of compiling a list of candidates to be the next manager.
Captain Callum McGregor believes Celtic’s players must be ready to be ‘flexible’ as they await developments.The midfielder has worked with four different managers following his first-team breakthrough in 2014, winning an unprecedented five Trebles in the past seven seasons. While confident Celtic have the wider fundamentals in place for continued success, he lavished praise on Postecoglou’s contribution.
Speaking after Saturday’s final, the 29-year-old said: ‘Of course, you want to keep good managers who are at the club.
‘He’s done such an amazing job. The turnaround since he walked in the door has been incredible. Probably, people didn’t envisage that happening so quickly. But he’s a guy who’s super self- confident. He’s aware of what being at this football club means.
‘It means bringing success and he’s managed to do it in such an amazing style.
‘Of course, selfishly for us, we want to keep him. You just never know how football works. One thing about football is that you have to be flexible. ‘If it happens, then what a parting gift (with the Treble).’
Asked if the current squad could achieve more regardless of what happens, McGregor continued: ‘Yeah, exactly. The club’s in a really good place. We’re in the Champions League again next season, so that’s attractive straight away.
‘The players have had 24 months together now, really building something on the back of success. We will go and enjoy the summer and, like I said, in football you have to be flexible.
‘There is always speculation and always people getting linked with other jobs when they are doing a good job. It shows that the players have done a good job for him and he has done a great job for the club. It’s always nice to have that compliment.’
Celtic sealed their latest domestic clean sweep — and made it five trophies out of six under Postecoglou — with Saturday’s 3-1 win at Hampden. Now on 20 winner’s medals, McGregor’s haul includes achieving the Treble in five separate seasons.‘It’s nice,’ he admitted. ‘But I don’t think any of that happens if you’re not at a hugely successful football club where winning is the culture.
‘We have managed to build that over the last few years. When you are a young kid and you play football, all you want to do is win.
‘I’m so fortunate and lucky that I’ve managed to play at a club that wins and been part of that success. It’s something I’m hugely proud of. It’s been a successful career so far, but you just want more.’
Celtic won the League Cup with a final victory over Rangers in February before sealing the league title with four games to spare.
McGregor said: ‘The competition is getting tougher and tougher every year and this might have been the toughest it’s been.We’ve had to come through all the tough tests and have shown great character and played some exciting football on the way.
‘This team, to go and do the Treble, have deserved it.’
McGregor will soon link up with the Scotland squad as preparations begin for critical Euro 2024 qualifiers against Norway and Georgia.
‘I’ll enjoy the next few days, but very quickly my attention will turn towards Scotland and, after that, next season,’ he added.