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Almost 16 years later this interview, Ange Postecoglou and Craig Foster have seemingly buried the hatchet as the Celtic manager also opened up on his reasons for stepping down as Socceroos manager.

In 2006, Foster castigated Postecoglou, then head coach of the Australia Under-20 team, after failing to qualify for the U20 World Cup in Canada and even called on him to step down from his role.

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But whatever tension has lingered between the two ever since, it completely evaporated when the Celtic boss praised Foster for his role as a refugee advocate.

Foster was the main voice behind the successful campaign to free Hakeem al-Araibi, a footballer who was jailed in Thailand in 2018, and most recently shed light on the 33 refugees locked inside the Park Hotel in Melbourne.

“Right off the bat, Craig, great respect for what you’re doing there, mate, in terms of the last two years with the refugees,” Postecoglou said in an interview. Stan Sports FC.

“Amazing cause, incredible effort on your part, mate. Great respect.”

Celtic fans love the transformation of the club brought about by Postecoglou. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

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Foster was grateful for Postecoglou’s comments and also praised Celtic’s fan base, who he said had a “very strong social justice streak”.

It was something Postecoglou also felt strongly, as Celtic’s roots are firmly in support of immigrants – something that resonated with him, given he was an immigrant from Greece when he arrived in Australia. .

“Their whole history and why the current club was formed, to feed poor Irish immigrants, there was a purpose behind this club that has stuck with it to this day,” Postecoglou said.

“For me, that resonates strongly as an immigrant to our own country.

“South Melbourne Hellas, Melbourne Croatia, Sydney Croatia, all of these clubs were created the same way.

“They weren’t just created to be football clubs, they were created to help people adjust to life in a new country.”

For Postecoglou, it took him little time to adjust to life in Scotland after moving from Yokohama F. Marinos to Japan.

The vast majority of Celtic fans had little to no knowledge of the former Socceroos boss when it became clear he would take Hoops’ job, with plenty of guns when the club failed in his pursuit by Eddie Howe.

Fast forward to today, and it’s clear that Postecoglou has won over almost the entire fan base.

Postecoglou has already won a trophy since taking charge at Celtic. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

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This accomplishment is nothing new for Postecoglou, however, as he had to do his fair share to change the doubters even in his home country.

So how did he do it?

“It’s about trying to get people to believe in me,” Postecoglou said.

“No matter how much knowledge I have…unless they actually believe in me as a person, none of this is going to work.

“I don’t think there would be a manager in the world who doesn’t want to win football games or win trophies.

“It’s not going to get people’s attention.

“What you have to try to sell is something beyond that.

“And that’s what I’ve always done.

“For me, it’s always been football: playing a certain way and having certain values.”

This certain way of playing football put Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership and won them the Scottish League Cup.

Considering the Hoops won no silverware and finished the domestic season 25 points behind rivals and champions Rangers, it’s a remarkable turnaround led by Postecoglou.

Part of the resurgence of Bhoys is undoubtedly recruitment.

A huge range of players have arrived at Celtic Park this season from around the world and all have had instant impacts, with many straight into the starting lineup.

Star striker Kyogo Furuhashi is one of those players who captured the imagination of the Celtic faithful, with his relentless work rate and clinical finishing that instantly endeared him to fans.

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Furuhashi wasted no time winning over the Celtic fans. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

When Furuhashi first signed on, he was met with a lot of raised eyebrows, much like Postecoglou’s appointment.

But 16 goals in all competitions for the Hoops later, and it’s safe to say that Furuhashi has proven those initial doubters very, very wrong.

Furuhashi is just one of many recent signings who wasted no time in springing to life in the famous green and white jersey, and it all comes down to the clearest images in Postecoglou’s mind of how the players will fit into its complex game system.

“I could go to a store with my wife and she’ll know exactly what to choose and buy, man, I have no idea,” Postecoglou said.

“When I go looking for players, I’m the same.

“When I see what I want I imagine them in my team and when they match that image most of the time I think it works.

“It comes down to the first thing: I have absolute clarity on how I want my team to play.

“It makes it easier for the players because they already have some of the things I’m looking for, so their adaptation period becomes quicker.

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“The players I’ve brought have kicked off, and people say how fast, well that’s because I already know they have the attributes that I’m looking for, the rest is that they just understand the Game plan.”

Meanwhile, Postecoglou has also opened up on his exit from the Socceroos ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, despite leading the team to glory in the 2015 Asian Cup.

“I had this very clear vision of what I wanted to do as manager of the national team and I thought it would go a long way – not that I had all the answers – but helping us to open doors for find solutions for our game,” he said. “The reason I was obsessed with winning the Asian Cup was because I thought it could be a watershed moment for Australian rules football because I think winning is everything. I equated it to the When a nation wins the Euros, no matter how strong – whether it’s Denmark or Greece – it’s a watershed moment in the evolution of that country because, all of a sudden, they have the feeling of having accomplished something.

“I thought (it) would empower me then and also give me the opportunity and give us as a nation to stand up and say, ‘OK, this is who we are now.’ either Brazil or Germany [of Asia] …and that was my starting point.

“I misinterpreted what happened, what impact it could have.

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Postecoglou said he felt Australian rules football had “got back into that cycle of not understanding what it takes to become a really strong footballing nation” during the 2018 qualifying campaign.

“It wasn’t just about qualifying for the World Cups, it was about having an identity, believing in something,” he said.

“That was going to be my benchmark. From now on, accept nothing less than winning the Asian Cup every time, qualifying for the World Cup and being the number one nation in Asia. And I don’t couldn’t find the golden key to open it.

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