Newly appointed Hibernian manager Nick Montgomery has admitted that he is inspired by what his compatriot Ange Postecoglou has achieved in the game and is hoping to follow in the Tottenham boss’ footsteps.
Postecoglou is a trailblazer for Australian coaches, having followed his success in the A-League with league titles in Japan and Scotland before becoming the first manager from Down Under to land a Premier League job.
The 58-year-old’s success has already led to J-League clubs looking at other Australian managers, with Kevin Muscat and Peter Cklamovski following his footsteps in Japan.
Hibernian have now seemingly also decided to appoint another Aussie after Postecoglou’s success in Celtic, confirming earlier this week that Montgomery could take over from Lee Johnson following his sacking.
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The 41-year-old, who made nearly 350 appearances for Sheffield United during his playing days, led the Central Coast Mariners to the A-League title last season, and he revealed that Postecoglou was one of the first to congratulate him on his success.
The new Hibernian boss told Sky Sports: “Ange has been amazing. Everybody doubted him when he went to Celtic and you can see what he did there, he’s already doing that at Tottenham, what he did in Japan.
“I know Ange, he was one of the first to congratulate me after we won the competition because he knows winning the A-League is not easy, especially winning it with no marquee players, with the smallest budget and the youngest team, it’s something I’m really proud of and I don’t think anybody has done that before.
“He’s an inspiration, he’s an inspiration for any coach around the world – not just Australian, but I think the fact he is Australian, and when you see his story of how he’s done it, yeah, I’ve got so much time and admiration for him.”
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Being from a non-European or South American country has evidently given Ange a different perspective about football as he has done more hard yards to get to the top level than most have. If he does succeed at Spurs, there is no doubt that more Premier League clubs will be looking at coaches from Australia and Asia.
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