“All results are my responsibility, I want to smash the ceiling”…Postecoglou’s fiery interview

Enze Postecoglou has earned the trust of Tottenham Hotspur fans with his early-season performances, and he’s certainly won them over with an interview.

Postecoglou was interviewed by Talk Sport in the United Kingdom on Wednesday. Postecoglou’s interview skills are evident. When he first arrived at Tottenham, Postecoglou was not well-received. Postecoglou spent most of his coaching career in Australia. He moved to Japan when he was hired by the Yokohama Marinos and then came to Celtic.

At Celtic, he exceeded expectations. He brought the Scottish Premiership trophy to rival Rangers. Last season, we won the league title and lifted the Scottish League Cup. They won the rest of the Scottish Cup to complete the Domestic Treble. Domestically, he made a name for himself coaching Oh Hyun-gyu. After a successful stint at Celtic, Postecoglou moved to Tottenham. Spurs sacked Antonio Conte and went through an acting managerial farce that resulted in an eighth-place finish in the Premier League (PL) and relegation. The club was desperate to make amends for their disastrous performance. Julian Nagelsmann, Arne Schott, and others were approached, but all fell through. It was Postecoglou who took the helm.

He was a lesser known name than his predecessors, and despite his success at Celtic, he had no experience in the big leagues in Europe. Harry Kane’s departure to Bayern Munich left a power vacuum. Postecoglou tried to build a young team by bringing in James Maddison, Manor Solomon, Mickey van der Penn, and Guglielmo Vicario. There was also a willingness to play youngsters like Pape Matar Sarr and Destiny Udoji. The transplant of a more complete attacking style of soccer is paying off early in the season. Under Postecoglou, Spurs have been noticeably different. The offense has remained potent in the absence of Kane, albeit in the absence of Heurelisbon, and the overall performance has been excellent.

He’s also a great interviewer, which gives him even more credibility. In this interview, Postecoglou talked in detail about how he came to Tottenham, his early season assessment, his players, and his future ambitions and beliefs.

[Talk Sport’s full interview with Postecoglou].

  • Was the Premier League (PL) like you imagined?

The expectations and the role I actually play are the same. I have nothing but challenges ahead of me. People around the world are crazy about the PL, but at the end of the day, a PL team is a soccer team. It’s about doing what I’ve done in Australia, Japan and Celtic. It’s great to be able to do things the way I want to do them. I’m really enjoying it so far.

  • Any big surprises?

There have been no surprises. PL soccer is soccer. It’s challenging, as expected. The challenge is the reason I’m here, no matter what team I’m on. We are still at the beginning. We’ve made an encouraging start, but there’s still a lot of work to do.

  • Why did you choose the challenge at Tottenham?

I like challenges. I’ve had challenges throughout my career. Every step of the way, I’ve been driven forward by success. It’s inspiring to make a challenge work. In order to take on a challenge, you have to be offered it. Afterwards, you have to see what the situation is with the team you are challenging. Tottenham, on the whole, are obviously the best club in the world and they haven’t been successful for a long time. When you take on a challenge like that, if you know what you want to do and you know you can do it well, you feel like you can make an impact and leave your mark, so it was attractive. The fact that the club hasn’t had a long run of success, especially last season. It’s an opportunity to make something happen.

  • What are the challenges?

The challenge is the same for any team. You have to give the fans and players something to be excited about every week. It’s also about playing soccer that can bring success to the team. There is no other reason. I want to lead Tottenham to success, and I want to play exciting football. That’s the one thing that doesn’t change. I don’t want to win for the sake of winning. I don’t think that’s sustainable. I believe that if you play exciting football, you can have both success and excitement.

  • You were knocked out of the EFL Cup. Do you have any regrets?

No, I don’t. It’s natural for the fans to be disappointed. I’m not working hard now just to win. I’m here because I want to build a team that can win every year. That’s where the difference lies. I don’t want to build a club that finishes 10th in the league and only wins the EFL Cup. That doesn’t mean I’m ignoring the EFL Cup. I want to win every game. I was disappointed that night, but it wasn’t the final for me. You have to build something and not just look at winning one moment. That’s my driving force. I want to build a team that has sustainable success, a team that I look forward to every season.

  • Conte left after saying “Tottenham have no winning mentality”.

I don’t want to talk about previous managers. I don’t have to. You don’t know what a person thinks and does unless you become that person. What I do know is that I have a winning mentality. Australia loves sports and is very competitive. Winning mentality is about always wanting to be the best. It’s a feeling that every athlete has, it just has to be expressed in a different way. It’s not just about winning, it’s about how you play. You have to go for more than winning and that’s my style of play. When I came to Tottenham, I was open to that winning mentality. There will be challenges and there will be times when we stumble, but when we play the kind of football we want to play, we will end up winning.

  • Tell us why you decided to come to Tottenham and the importance of your relationship with the board of directors, such as chairman Daniel Levy.

The relationship with the board is essential. The reason I’ve been successful is because this team has a good understanding of what it needs to get to the next level. In that sense, Tottenham is a good fit for me. When Mr. Levy decided to go with me, he agreed with my direction. He’s ready to accept my style. Now it’s up to me. Everything that happens here is my responsibility. If we fail, it’s not the club’s fault, it’s mine. I didn’t do my job. In this process, I have to earn the trust of everyone in the team and the fans. That’s also my job. The only thing I asked Mr. Levy was to buy players in the transfer market. I accepted the offer, so all the responsibility is on me. I also have to accept the difficulties.

  • What level is Tottenham at in the highly competitive PL?

You don’t have to set hurdles to limit yourself. There is no ceiling and no floor. When I started coaching 27 years ago, I went from banker to manager. The ceiling was huge then. I didn’t work with that in mind. Tottenham have a great training facility, stadium and support. All the ingredients are there to be successful. It’s my job to make it tangible on the field and build a team that the players and fans can be proud of. If there is a ceiling, I want to smash it.

  • Are you excited about Madison’s performance?

Absolutely. There was a lot of competition for him. I had him on my radar early on. He’s a passionate guy who will lead the Spurs to success. I think this is a great time for him and Spurs to be successful. He plays an important role as a locker room leader alongside Son Heung-min and Christian Romero. I don’t go into the locker room every time, but the captains go in and talk. That should be the main atmosphere.

  • Is Romero a good player? They say Messi is a good player.

I don’t want to argue with Messi. I don’t think any player likes to train with Romero. He’s incredibly passionate. I like that about him. He’s good in training and in practice.

  • What have they done to Yves Bissouma, he’s too good.

Nothing special. It’s the environment that matters for a player. After a disappointing season, you can blame the coach or other things, but right now you have to look at yourself. You need to be able to build your career again and become a top player. When I arrived, it was the A-Match period and Bisuma was in the team. I said to him, “You can be the leader of this team.” I saw him grow in training, but the next day he was late for training. I told him that a leader has to be punctual. I’ve been doing well since then. To be the best, you can’t have any excuses. It’s up to the athlete to think like that.

  • We have the North London derby this month.

We have Sheffield United first. You just have to think about the next game. The North London derby is a really big game. It should be a great game. I don’t like the A-match period. I bite my nails and watch the players play A matches. We’ll see how it goes and focus on the weekend.

The Tottenham fans will tell me. I’ll be judged at the end of the season.

  • What would you like to say to Celtic fans?

I had a magical time at Celtic. I went from the most famous club in the world (Celtic) to coaching the biggest club in the world (Tottenham). It feels like a dream. In my two years at Celtic, the fans have given me so much love. It will stay with me for the rest of my life. If I had the opportunity to coach, I would definitely recommend Celtic.