Prominent Australian agent Tony Rallis has claimed that new Celtic boss Ange Postecoglous was blocked from bringing any new staff in with him and has to “develop and inherit” the existing staff at Parkhead.
Postecoglou’s arrival at Celtic, coinciding with the appointment of Dom McKay to replace Peter Lawwell as chief executive, had Hoops fans hoping for an overhaul after last season’s capitulation to Old Firm rivals Rangers.
However, it appears that the old ‘Biscuit Tin’ mentality is back with a bang as Postecoglou has to make do with John Kennedy, Gavin Strachan and the other staff still at the club following Neil Lennon’s reign as manager.
Rallis claims that Ange has to develop the existing staff and “educate” them rather than bringing in guys he has worked with in the past and has built a relationship with at previous clubs.
“My understanding is that Celtic have told Ange [Postecoglou] that he has to develop and inherit his coaching staff from within. He wasn’t allowed to take any of his staff,” Rallis told the Triple M podcast.
“Whether that changes in time I’m not sure, but that was the initial programme that they want him to come in and educate within our environment.”
Celtic’s staff needs freshened up and overhauled as part of Postecoglou’s revamp
Keeping the likes of John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan around at Parkhead seems very shortsighted given the failures of the last 12 months at the club.
Even once Lennon was binned, Kennedy and Strachan’s stint as the interim management team hardly instilled confidence and there’s a real case that there is fresh faces needed around them.
For Postecoglou’s part, having to work with a backroom team he has no history with leaves the Australian swimming against the tide to stop Rangers making it 56.