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Ange Postecoglou Signs Contract With Tottenham Hotspur As UEFA Invite Europa League Final Referee

Written By Onyeka Daniel

After much speculations, Tottenham Hotspur have announced the appointment of Ange Postecoglou as their new head coach with the former Celtic manager signing a four years contract with Spurs until 2027.

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The 57-year-old has spent the last two seasons at Celtic, where he won back-to-back Scottish Premiership titles and claimed the Treble on Saturday by beating Inverness at Hampden Park.

The coach won 83 of his 113 matches in charge of the Scottish League champions and also guided them to the Champions League group stage earlier this season. Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy has now come out to outline the four key reasons behind Postecoglou’s appointment as the new Tottenham manager, following days of speculations.

Explaining his appointment, Levy said: ”Ange brings a positive mentality and a fast, attacking style of play. He has a strong track record of developing players and an understanding of the importance of the link from the academy – everything that is important to our Club. We are excited to have Ange join us as we prepare for the season ahead.”


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The Chairman also talked about bringing a positive mentality after previous permanent coach, Antonio Conte often openly criticized his players in the media. Levy also mentioned about his style. Postecoglou is known for his attacking and front foot style, something Tottenham have lacked in the last few years.

Levy added that Postecoglou has a strong record of developing players. This is something he did during his time at Celtic as he managed to develop Kyogo Furuhashi, Jota and Reo Hatate into some of the most talked-about youngsters in Europe. If he could do the same at Spurs, then he would prove to be a popular appointment.

Meanwhile, Captain of Celtic football club, Callum McGregor has said his goodbye to Postecoglou on the club’s official website. Just three days after the Hoops clinched the domestic treble with a 3-1 Scottish Cup final win over Inverness at Hampden Park,

Tottenham appointed Postecoglou as their new head coach on a four-year deal. McGregor spoke in glowing terms about Postecoglou and then looked forward to the fruits of his success, a guaranteed place in the group stage of European football’s elite club competition next season.

The Scotland midfielder said: “It has been great to work with the gaffer over the past two seasons and to achieve the success that we have, especially achieving yet another treble at the weekend.

“In fact, to win five out of six domestic trophies is a tremendous achievement and that is testament to the real focus and relentlessness of the manager, the players and our whole backroom team who have all worked so hard.

“I thank all our supporters again for what they have given us this year. The scenes at Hampden and Celtic Park, when we celebrated our success together, will stay with me forever.

“We have delivered something very special to our fans and done it, under the manager’s direction, by playing an exciting and attractive brand of football. As all the players do, I wish Ange great success in his next challenge.

“We move on ourselves to our own challenges too. Our performances this season mean we will take our place deservedly in the Champions League and we can’t wait for it.

“It will be brilliant to have these great nights back at Celtic Park and I am sure our fans are looking forward to experiencing this again, as well as watching us striving to defend all our domestic titles.

“The players will enjoy a well-earned break and when we return we will get right behind the new manager, we will be united and, as ever, will do all we can to bring our fans continued success.” He concluded.

Meanwhile…

Following the attack on English referee, Anthony Taylor, first by Jose Mourinho and later by fans of AS Roma at the airport after their Europa League final loss to Sevilla, UEFA have invited the referee and his family to the final of the UCL in Istanbul on the 10th of June.

UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin has invited m Taylor and his family for the final, while Mourinho could be banned for four European games in 2023-24. The European football governing body wants to show protection to Taylor after the English referee and his family were attacked by a group of Roma fans this past Thursday.

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According to a new report and contrary to what had already been reported by several news outlets in Italy, UEFA believe Taylor officiated well. Fernando’s arm was considered in a natural position.

Meaning Roma didn’t deserve a penalty in the second half, although Erik Lamela should have been sent off in the final stages of extra time, receiving a second yellow card.

On the other hand, fourth official Michael Oliver was too lax on the touchline and should have signalled the conduct of Mourinho and Roma’s reserves first. Mourinho had blamed Taylor during his post-match interviews, but the Portuguese did even more and waited for the English referee inside the car park at the Puskas Arena to continue insulting him.

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