Celtic’s imminent appointment of Ange Postecoglou ‘in jeopardy as ex-Australia boss doesn’t hold or has started his UEFA A, B and Pro licence qualifications needed to take over Scottish giants’

  • Celtic have been hoping to appoint Ange Postecoglou as their new manager
  • But, the 55-year-old doesn’t hold the qualifications needed by UEFA to do so
  • To manage in the top-flight of Europe you need a UEFA A, B and Pro licence
  • He’s only managed in the Greek third division before and that was for 10 months

Celtic‘s hunt for a new manager could take a further blow with reports that top target Ange Postecoglou may not hold the right UEFA qualifications for the job.

The Greek-born Australian has been looking set to replace Neil Lennon – who resigned in February – as the Scottish giants’ new boss.

However, according to the Times that pending appointment could now be halted on the account that he does not hold a UEFA A, B and Pro licence.

Ange Postecoglou could be denied the Celtic job by UEFA due to his lack of qualifications

Ange Postecoglou could be denied the Celtic job by UEFA due to his lack of qualifications

To manager in the top flight of a European league, UEFA stipulates that a manager must hold A and B licences and – most importantly – at least has embarked upon the most advanced course, the UEFA Pro licence.

The Times claim that the 55-year-old doesn’t hold the correct qualification on the account of his lack of managerial experience within Europe.

Despite a 25-year career, he has only spent 10 months of that working in Europe – and that while in charge of Greek third division outfit Panachaiki in 2008.

His only other coaching spell outside of Australia has been his current spell at Japanese outfit Yokohama F Marinos – where he has been in the hotseat for the past three years.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard didn’t have a UEFA Pro licence when he took charge of the Ibrox club but he had begun it before his appointment in 2017 and completed it a year later.

Speaking about his future at the weekend, Postecoglou said: “I’ve understood there’s some speculation around the future, but I’ve stopped thinking about the what-ifs in the world a long time ago.

‘My focus the last couple of days has been on making sure we [Marinos] play well.’

If Postecoglou is denied the opportunity to take over at Parkhead then it’s back to the drawing board for the Bhoys who have already seen ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe turn down the opportunity to take over.



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