Ange Postecoglou: 'We created something special at Marinos'

Fri 11 June 2021 | 8:35

Ange Postecoglou reflected on his time at Yokohama F Marinos in his final press conference and admitted that he is proud of his achievements in the J1 League.


have confirmed

Ange Postecoglou

’s appointment as Neil Lennon’s successor on Thursday. Eddie Howe was first in talks with the club but their negotiations collapsed.

The 55-year-old, who managed the Australia national team from 2013 to 2017, are going to arrive from

Yokohama F Marinos

after having guided them to the J1 League title in 2019 which was the club's first league title in 15 years.

Postecoglou has also been in charge at Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory as the head coach.

His new task is to reclaim the Scottish top-flight title next term after Rangers halted Celtic's bid for 10-in-a-row this season.

In his final press conference at Marinos, he admitted that he is proud of his achievements in the J1 League.

Reflecting on his time at the club, Postecoglou said:

"I came here with a vision of what we wanted to create and we've built a really good foundation of a club that is now seen as one who has had success but also play football that is enjoyable for everyone to watch. It has been a fantastic three-and-a-half-year.

"Obviously [I'm] delighted for the new opportunity ahead of me but also sad to be leaving some great people I've shared the journey with but at the same time, know I will always be connected to this football club

"We created something special at the football club. I constantly speak to them (players) about creating a bit of a legacy for themselves. We all have careers that begin and end at some point but it is always nice during your careers if you can do things that are remembered well beyond you're gone.

"It hasn't been easy for the players because I challenge them to play a certain way which is very different. Sometimes it exposes them and everyday training is very demanding but all the players have wanted to learn and improve and were prepared to take risks, knowing that if mistakes were made I would take responsibility.

"I've been in this position for a very long time. I just think my experiences in football and life have given me a certain way of thinking and a certain outlook on things.

"I've always seen that as my main role - to use the experience I've gained to pass on the best possible advice and counsel to those people around me - players and staff and anyone who works alongside me. I think the one thing people know is that just who I am. I don't try to put on an act or be somebody else - it is just me as a person. I look out for the best way I can help people."

source: SportMob

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