Ange Postecoglou recently attended a media conference where he spoke about his experience working with Celtic’s premier shareholder, Dermot Desmond, and his relationship with Eddie Howe, the current manager of Newcastle United.
Postecoglou credited Desmond for supporting him from the very beginning, even during the difficult start to his career at Celtic. “During that time, he was immensely supportive of me,” he said. “I knew that he and the club would have my back and support me until I got the club to where we needed to be.”
He also revealed that he enjoys a close relationship with Desmond and they are constantly in contact about all things Celtic. “He lets us get on with our roles of running the club but Dermot is really passionate about Celtic and about football,” Postecoglou noted. “I don’t know if he’s in contact with me more or less than previous managers. I don’t know if I’m a favourite or not! But he has treated me very well.”
Regarding Eddie Howe, Postecoglou praised the job he has done at Newcastle United, taking them into the Champions League in his first season. He also expressed excitement about the prospect of facing Newcastle in a Champions League pairing next season. “Knowing the passions of both sets of supporters, those would be two games nobody would want to miss out on – home and away,” he said.
Overall, Postecoglou’s comments shed light on the importance of strong relationships in the World of football. Without Desmond’s support, Postecoglou may have had a much more difficult time adjusting to his new role at Celtic. And without Postecoglou’s decision to work with the staff already at the club, his achievements at Celtic might not have been as impressive.
As for the prospect of a Postecoglou v Howe Champions League showdown next season, fans of both clubs will undoubtedly be eagerly anticipating such a match-up. Regardless of the outcome, it is clear that Postecoglou and Howe both have a deep love and respect for the game of football, as well as for the fans who follow it so passionately.