Former Australia manager Ange Postecoglou has agreed to become the new manager of Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan after previously being linked to Scottish Premiership side Rangers.
ESPN has previously reported that the 52-year-old former Australia boss was interested on filling the vacancy at Rangers however the Gers will now need to look elsewhere if they were to have considered the Aussie boss.
Yokohama confirmed the appointment on their official website after the Manchester City-affiliated club decided against offering existing manager Erik Mombaerts a new contract.
Postecoglou won the Australian League championship twice with Brisbane Roar and the 2015 AFC Asian Cup with the Socceroos as well as leading them to back-to-back World Cups.
The Greek-born manager has been named A-League Coach of the Year, the Australian PFA’s Manager of the Decade for the first 10 years of the A-League and AFC Coach of the Year 2015.
Rangers sacked Pedro Caixinha on October 26th and handed the reins to Under-20’s head coach Graeme Murty on a temporary basis.
Murty is expected to remain in charge until the end of December when the Scottish Premiership goes into its three-week winter break.
Football Insider verdict
Postecoglou was never likely a serious candidate for the job however , with the former Socceroos boss managing to lead Australia through World Cup playoffs, resign and find a new job in the time it has taken Rangers to get this far gives an idea of quite how long this process is dragging on. The 52-year-old would have been a very left-field appointment if he was to have got the job. Very well regarded as a coach, it might not be a surprise to see Postecoglou appear somewhere else within Man City’s network of clubs in the future but was never realistically going to arrive at Ibrox.
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