Phillips: Postecoglou is taking big 'risk' after Celtic transfer reveal
Kevin Phillips has admitted it is “brave” for new Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou to take ultimate responsibility of transfer activity.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Premier League striker insisted it is the right thing to do because Postecoglou will be working with the squad day in, day out.
Celtic confirmed the appointment of Postecoglou on Thursday (June 10) after going over 100 days without a permanent manager.
Celtic Football Club is delighted to announce that it has appointed Ange Postecoglou to the position of Football Manager.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) June 10, 2021
The Scottish Sun reported ahead of his appointment on June 8 that the Greek-born Australian will have final say on all incoming and outgoings.
One departure that is close is that of Odsonne Edouard as Football Insider revealed on June 8 he has told friends he is quitting the club to join Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City.
Asked whether it was right for Postecoglou to rubber-stamp all transfer business, Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Definitely.
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“That’s one of the biggest things as a manager going in. They want to keep control of who comes in and who doesn’t because then there’s nobody to blame. There’s no director of football to blame, you take sole responsibility.
“It’s brave because if signings don’t work out, you get the blame for it.
“But I think it’s great that managers are going in there with full control because ultimately they’re the ones that have to work with them.”
Postecoglou joins Celtic after nearly four years in charge of Japanese outfit Yokohama F. Marinos.
He also spent time in charge of Australia where he guided them to qualification to two World Cups as well as winning the Asia Cup in 2015.