‘I’m enjoying it’ – Spurs coach Mile Jedinak explains why he sits in the stands during games

Mile Jedinak has been speaking about the experience of linking up with Ange Postecoglou again and has explained why he does not sit in the Tottenham dugout with the rest of the coaching staff.

Spurs fans will have noticed that Jedinak does not sit on the bench along with Postecoglou, Ryan Mason, Matt Wells and other members of the staff during matches, with the Australian instead taking up a seat in the stands.

He has explained that he sits with the analysts and tries to make observations about the team’s shape from a vantage point in order to give some feedback to Postecoglou at half-time, admitting that he is quite enjoying the role.

The Tottenham assistant coach told Optus Sport: “We’ve obviously got limited spots on the bench and the other coaches have got those positions, which for me is not a real big issue.

“I’m sitting up with the analyst team and with them getting the clips ready for what’s going to happen at half-time to help support Ange’s message.

“On the back of that, you go to speak to individuals on any observations you may have made during the game. That may help support them. I’m enjoying that. It’s another side that you see different roles and for me, I’m enjoying every single moment of it.”

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Jedinak enjoys working with Ange Postecoglou

Jedinak knows Postecoglou well, having captained the Australian national team when the Spurs head coach was in charge of the men from Down Under.

The 39-year-old explained that the one thing that has always been a constant with his compatriot is the winning mentality he tries to instil in his sides.

When asked about the differences and the commonalities between how Postecoglou managed the Socceroos and how he goes about his work at Tottenham now, Jedinak said: “There’s a lot of similarities there. You’ve mentioned about the winning [mentality] and I think that’s been something that’s followed Ange throughout his career and the way he’s gone about things wherever he’s been.

“It will be no different here and it’s been no different here. We know that there’s a process within that and that’s something we’re all a part of. We’re in the early stages of that and it’s something that we’re going to continue to push day in, day out.”

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Jedinak comes across as an extremely ambitious and driven young coach and one can understand why Postecoglou was keen to bring him to Tottenham. It looks inevitable that the former Crystal Palace midfielder will want to try his hand at management a few years down the line.

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