Mon. Jun 27th, 2022

CELTIC has appointed Harry Kewell as their new first team coach.

The Australian will join Ange Postecoglou’s squad to start pre-season training.

New Celtic manager Harry Kewell

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New Celtic manager Harry KewellCredit: PA
Celtic boss Anjou Postecoglu

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Celtic boss Anjou PostecogluCredit: Kenny Ramsay

The 43-year-old Kewell arrived as part of a backroom revamp and Stephen McManus was transferred to the Celtic B team.

Former Leeds and Liverpool star Kiwell has lost his job after taking over as manager Barnett in 2021.

“It is a tremendous honor to join Celtic and team up with Ange,” he said.

“He, his backroom team and players did great in their first year together and created a winning football with great style.

“It is a great testament to everyone at Anjou and the club to change things and become champions so quickly.

“The manager is synonymous with aggressive and exciting football and I know what he showed last season and what Celtic fans have loved for generations.

“We will aim to provide more to our fans in the future and look forward to playing my part in bringing this to our supporters.

“Celtic is a club that the world knows and respects and it will be a privilege to be part of such a fantastic football organization.

“I am well aware of the demands and responsibilities that come with the realm of such a huge club and this is what excites me and I am sure everyone else is lucky enough to be connected with Celtic.

“I want to join Ange, the coaching staff and the players in the challenges ahead and play a part in our future success.

“I’m ready to work and I’m really looking forward to getting started.”
Postecoglou welcomed Kewell’s arrival and explained McManus’ B-team role.

He said: “I am very happy that Harry has agreed to join my staff. He fully knows the game at the highest level and wants to play football the way I and my team see it.

“I know he is very excited about joining Celtic, he knows the size of the club, what our ambitions are and I know he will make a really positive difference to our team.

“I wanted to reorganize the coaching setup. An important part of this was maintaining a close connection between the first team and the B team coaching structures. And Stephen’s role will be very important as we try to get the conveyor belt. A talent that goes straight to the first team between the B teams.

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“Team B will compete again in the low-lying league, which will be an important development opportunity as we aim to further develop and develop for our young players.

“I wanted a really strong connection to the development of Team B and Stephen, with knowledge of our current first team philosophy and requirements. It would be ideal for this role.”


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