Harry Kewell to join Celtic boss Ange Postecglou coaching setup | Football news

Former Australian star Harry Kewell will join Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou’s behind-the-scenes team.

Kewell, 43, has been unemployed since he was fired alongside Barnet last year after just four months at the helm of the National League team.

Postecglou revealed that he decided not to add to his coaching setup initially and was assisted by John Kennedy as Stephen McManus, Gavin Strachan and Stevie Woods formed the team behind the scenes.

However, after clinching the Scottish Premiership title and the League Cup in his first season, Postecglou turned to the former Liverpool and Leeds forward who will join as the first team manager.

Kewell just missed working under Postecglou for the Australian national team and also for Melbourne Victoria, but previously revealed key advice from the 56-year-old.

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Speaking last June after Postecglou’s arrival at Celtic, Kewell insisted the Australian would play his style of football and “will not be tempted to play any other way”

“The only thing Ange said to me, and that has stuck with me, is to go your own way,” he said.

“Once you start listening to other people, you are in trouble.”

Postecglou reflects on his first year at Celtic

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Postecglou admits his first season at Celtic was the most difficult he has ever faced, but insists his side will be even better next year.

A year ago Celtic turned to the relatively unknown Ange Postecoglou to revitalize a troubled club and silenced the doubters by winning the Scottish Premiership title and the League Cup during their debut season.

Postecglou’s start of life at Parkhead didn’t start brightly, failing to win his first three games leading to his exit from the Champions League and opening day defeat to Hearts in the league.

However, the Aussie has always insisted that he would not give up his football philosophy of attack, entertainment and relentless football, and piece by piece he rebuilt a struggling team that had been wiped out by Rangers the previous season.

The title victory came in Tannadice on a Wednesday evening in May, with the manager promising that this was just the beginning for him and his emerging talent at Celtic.

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After Celtic were crowned Scottish champions in Postecglou’s first season, take a look at some of the key games on their way to the title

“I’ve had a lot of successes, but this is definitely the toughest challenge and toughest year I’ve ever had,” said the former Australian manager as he reflected on his 365 days in office.

“I did an interview after the game and I couldn’t put into words exactly what the strongest emotion was.

“I think looking back now and the way we finished the last game, I think there was a part of me that said, ‘no, I don’t want this to be the point.’

“This season was about building the first foundations of a team that I hope will compete and be successful in the Premiership for the next few years.”

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With the victory of the Celtic title comes the qualification for the group stage of the Champions League and Postecglou is looking for his team to grow on the biggest stage of European football.

“My role is to make ourselves better next year, we have to be better,” he said Sky Sports.

In the Champions League it’s the same, our role is to arrive and make an impact.

“It’s not just about making an impact next year, it’s about building a team that will have an ongoing impact and that takes time.

“We have had a process, we have been successful in the transfer market without massive spending. This is the club that we are and it is the area where I want us to continue to grow and that is what we will do.”

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