Former Socceroos defender Ryan McGowan has recalled the time he sat subsequent to Ange Postecoglou on a long-haul flight, describing it as “the worst 16 hours” of his life.
The Sun experiences the 33-year-old, performed underneath the administration of Postecoglou whereas on worldwide responsibility between 2013 and 2017.
And though he hails the brand new Spurs boss because the “finest supervisor” he’s ever labored with, McGowan has additionally admitted that he’s extremely intimidating.
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When recalling a singular encounter with Postecoglou on the BBC’s Sacked within the Morning podcast, the defender stated: “I’d been as much as a little bit of mischief with a few of the senior boys beforehand, which I now critically remorse.
“I used to be at (Scottish aspect) Hearts on my 100 quid per week and I used to place all my coffees on the senior boys’ rooms as a result of they might clearly afford it.
“But I didn’t know they might decide the seats once we have been flying from Sydney to Dubai.
“It was the worst 16 hours of my life.
“I acquired my ticket and it was 1A, enterprise class up the entrance. I get on the flight, all arrange and the following factor Ange comes and he’s sitting proper subsequent to me.”
Ange Postecoglou may be an intimidating determine. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group by way of Getty Images)Source: Getty ImagesRyan McGowan loves Ange however was “petrified” of him. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
McGowan additionally revealed that he was subsequently too scared to go to the bathroom through the flight, including: “I held it in the entire manner. No manner was I waking him up.
“Some of the boys have been ordering wine. I used to be like, ‘simply water, thanks’. When we acquired there, he simply up and left.”
Postecoglou was confirmed as Tottenham’s new supervisor on Tuesday in a landmark announcement for Australian soccer.
His appointment marked the tip of Spurs’ three-month seek for a brand new boss following the departure of Antonio Conte.
Julian Nagelsmann, Xabi Alonso and Arne Slot have been all thought-about for the function, however McGowan believes Postecoglou will get the perfect out of the Spurs.
The Aussie, who performs for St Johnstone within the Scottish Premiership, added: “He’s the perfect coach I’ve labored with. He is so distant and so scary, you’re frightened of him – I nonetheless am. He’d have sure guidelines that have been simply non-negotiable.
“As a median participant, I preferred that. He simply advised you what to do and also you tried to do it as finest you might. He was excellent at that.
“There are sure managers who’re like, ‘go and specific your self’. I can’t specific myself in any respect. Just inform me what to do and I’ll attempt to do it!”
Ange Postecoglou is Tottenham’s new supervisor. (Photo by Richard Sellers/Sportsphoto/Allstar by way of Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Current Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has tipped soccer “obsessed” Postecoglou to once more “show the doubters mistaken” by attaining success with Tottenham.
Arnold, who misplaced an A-League grand last to Postecoglou in 2011 when Brisbane Roar prevailed in a penalty shootout over the Central Coast Mariners, stated Tottenham could be a “nice job” for the departing Hoops supervisor.
“I believe he’ll kill it (within the Premier League),” Arnold stated.
“He is simply completely obsessive about the sport. It is his life.
“(I) at all times knew that he had that mentality of the place he needed to go – that was to the highest.
“He had a number of setbacks however that’s teaching. You be taught from these varieties of setbacks and Ange has at all times been somebody that has at all times (been) so decided to show the doubters mistaken.
“That, in lots methods, is his motivation. I’m simply so joyful for him.”
This article initially appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission.
—With NCA NewsWire