Ange Postecoglou could make the jump to English top flight, according to Premier League veteran Harry Redknapp.
Former Tottenham, West Ham, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Southampton and QPR boss Redknapp says Postecoglou’s growing reputation in Asia could one day land him in the top flight — a similar path taken by Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger.
Before winning three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups with the Gunners, unknown Frenchman Wenger was earning his managerial stripes with J-League outfit Nagoya Grampus.
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Now ex-Jordan head coach Redknapp sees no reason why former Socceroos boss Postecoglou can’t make the same transition after clinching the J-League title himself.
“Sometimes club owners take a gamble — that was the case with Arsenal way back (with Wenger) and for somebody like Ange Postecoglou to get an opportunity at a good European club, whether in England or elsewhere, you just need that leap of faith,” Redknapp said.
“When you win a title in Japan you’re going to get noticed, especially with a club that’s part of the City Football Group (owners of Manchester City).
“It’s the best league in Asia and what he’s done there is a special achievement for any coach.”
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Fan favourite Redknapp is no stranger to working alongside Aussies having coached Robbie Slater and Stan Lazaridis during his stint with West Ham and gone up against the likes of Tim Cahill, Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka, Brett Emerton and Lucas Neill in the Premier League.
“The fact that Postecoglou is Australian shouldn’t be a factor either way,” Redknapp said.
“If you’re good enough it doesn’t matter where your from, whether you’re a player or a coach.
“Obviously, we’re well used to seeing good Australian players in England over the years, so if a coach comes along with the right attributes then all well and good.
“I don’t know if Ange Postecoglou is that man, or what his ambitions are, but he’s doing a lot of things right and will have his own thoughts on where he wants to go with his career.”