Celtic manager Enze Postecoglou, 57, has been tipped to become Tottenham’s next manager. It’s not like there’s a sudden buzz. He was shortlisted once before. Back then, his age was an obstacle.
“Tottenham were worried about Postecoglou’s age but could hire him after falling out with Arne Slott (45),” said British media outlet The Boot Room on Aug. 25.
Feyenoord coach Slott, who had been heavily linked to Tottenham, directly dismissed the speculation, telling the Dutch ‘AD’ on the same day: “What I want is to stay at Feyenoord and continue to build on what we have built in the last two seasons.” “There are no ongoing transfer talks,” he said.
Slott, who began his professional coaching career in 2019 as head coach of Dutch professional soccer side AZ Alkmaar, has worked exclusively in the Dutch league. He has been in charge of Feyenoord since 2021 and led the club to the Dutch Eredivisie title this season.
Slott’s comments hinting at staying were unexpected. With a ‘winning record’ premium, he was recently touted as Tottenham’s ‘number zero’ for the next managerial job. Even Slott seemed to welcome the news.
“The normal next step is to go abroad and for me the best stage in the world has always been the English Premier League (EPL),” the Dutch coach said at a recent press conference, according to Sky Sports.
“There’s sun in London,” he added. I’m going to head to where the sun is,” he said, again hinting at a move to London. Tottenham is a club with ties to London. It was an affirmation of his strong connection to Spurs.
But the tide has turned. Spurs backed out when they realized they would have to pay Feyenoord a hefty penalty fee. According to Sky Sports, Spurs would have to pay £10 million (double the amount of the buyout clause) to bring Slott with them. In addition, if they wanted his coach, they would have to pay another £5 million. Spurs felt they were being taken advantage of and quickly ended their interest in Slott.
Sky Sports, The Sun, and The Boot Room have all mentioned Celtic boss Postecoglou as one of the managers Spurs are monitoring.
The ‘Australian’ has been in charge of Celtic since 2021. He won the Scottish Premier League and Scottish League Cup upon his arrival. This season, he led them to the top of the league and the Scottish League Cup. He’s also looking to win the Scottish Football Association (FA) Cup. A triple domestic crown. That’s two seasons in a row of unwavering leadership and results.
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“Postecoglou has done a great job at Celtic and his age shouldn’t be an issue for Tottenham,” says The Boot Room, “He’s not the big-name manager Spurs fans are looking for, but he’s an interesting option nonetheless.”
“After leading Celtic to back-to-back titles in Scotland, Postecoglou has been labeled a ‘great manager’.”