Ange Postecoglou has a reputation for being very honest and very funny, and he has done so once again when revealing his theory for how he managed to bag the Tottenham Hotspur job.

Tottenham had been searching for a new permanent manager since parting ways with Antonio Conte in March of this year, and it took more than three months to finally arrive at the appointment of Ange Postecoglou.

Since the Australian took over the top job at Spurs, the club has seen a remarkable transformation. The players appear far happier and are performing on the pitch, while supporters are now feeling much more positive with the way their side is playing, too.

Postecoglou was not the only man in the running for the Spurs job, however. Feyenoord coach Arne Slot was apparently very close to taking the job, before he chose to sign a new deal with the Dutch champions (The Athletic).

A report from 90Min just after Postecoglou was given the job, revealed he was third in line for the role. Julian Nagelsmann and Slot were thought to be above him in the pecking order.

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Postecoglou doesn’t mind not being first choice

Speaking to Gary Lineker for Football Focus (via The Athletic), Postecoglou has given an honest assessment of that situation, and insists he doesn’t mind that he wasn’t the top pick for the job.

He said: “In both jobs [Celtic and Spurs] no one will come out and say it but I think I was the last man standing for both of them.” The 58-year-old laughs, before adding: “They got rejected by a fair few and I ended up being the only one left. Which is OK, I’ll take that.”

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He may not have been first choice in the club’s eyes, and I will be the first to admit he wasn’t my first choice either, but what do I know? It’s early days, but Ange Postecoglou seems to be the perfect man for Spurs and could end up being the best thing to happen to this club in a very long time.

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