The inspirational team talk that shows Ange Postecoglou is the antithesis of Conte & Mourinho

Tottenham have been burnt by some high-profile managers in the past, but Ange Postecoglou seems to be cut from a different cloth to those who have gone before him.

Given how their previous appointments have gone, Spurs need to switch things up with their next hiring. After all, their last couple of managers have looked like grumpy teenagers in the dugout towards the end.

Of course, Jose Mourinho had his moments in North London, but it didn’t take long until he started to look unsettled. Mourinho’s sharp personality was probably needed at the time, but he was never going to stick around for long.

Then came along Antonio Conte. The Italian manager was like a shot of adrenaline when he first got the job, but his enthusiasm soon turned sour.

Postecoglou is unlike the two managers who have gone before him in North London. Rather than publicly berating his players, he looks to build them up with his wise words and motivational tactics.

The moment that made us fall in love with the Australian boss was when he gave an inspirational team talk to the national side, who he managed between 2013–2017.

“You think about the person in your life, that when you started, believed in you more than anyone else. When people said you’re not good enough, they’re the ones that picked you up and said you keep going.

“Think about that person and how they are going to feel when we win tonight. When they are at home and the text messages start coming through to them.”

Like Al Pacino speaking in Any Given Sunday, Postecoglou has us all hanging on every word he says. You can’t help but fall in love with a manager like that.

The Australian boss has been tight-lipped on his future, but all of the latest reports are pointing towards him becoming the next Tottenham manager.

The 57-year-old won all three domestic trophies available this season with Celtic. Bringing home the Scottish Premiership, League Cup and Scottish Cup.

When asked about his potential departure, the Celtic boss said: “Because I think I deserve to enjoy this moment just like everyone else. I worked really hard for this moment.

“I owe it to my friends and to my family. I get why you have to ask the question, but from my perspective, I deserve to enjoy this moment.

“There will be a time to come for those kinds of questions but for now, we’ve grasped a small chunk of history for ourselves and I’m not going to pass that by by being sidetracked.”

Postecoglou seems to be a man of his word and he won’t want to leave Celtic on a sour note. The lure of the Premier League could be too good to turn down though and we’d love to see him in the Spurs dugout.

By Ben Stewart

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