Football: Celtic boss Postecoglou set to manage Tottenham

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has agreed to take the reins of English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur on a two-year contract, multiple British outlets reported Monday.

The 57-year-old Australian has just finished winning a domestic treble in Scottish football with a Celtic side featuring several Japanese players, including star forward Kyogo Furuhashi.

His previous achievements include a 2019 J-League first-division championship with Yokohama F Marinos that broke a 15-year title drought for the high-profile Japanese club.

Postecoglou departed Marinos for Celtic in the summer of 2021 and helped quickly revive the Glasgow side's fortunes. He made then Vissel Kobe marksman Furuhashi his first signing from Japan, followed by midfielder Reo Hatate and Samurai Blue forward Daizen Maeda, among others.

In his two seasons at Celtic Park, Postecoglou steered the Hoops to five out of six possible domestic trophies, with Saturday's 3-1 victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Cup final completing the historic treble.

Furuhashi has flourished into one of the league's biggest stars under the former Australian national team boss, winning both the Scottish Football Writers' Association Player of the Year and the Scottish Premiership Player of the Year this season.

In Tottenham, Postecoglou takes over a London club that has fallen short of its lofty goals while churning through a succession of high-profile managers in recent years. Spurs finished eighth this past season, missing out on European football next term.

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