Ange Postecoglou’s unbeaten start to life in the Premier League has Tottenham second only to Manchester City through seven games, just a point off the pace after Saturday’s dramatic late win over Liverpool.
Postecoglou’s methods have always required a teething period, be that in club football or international, in Australia or abroad. But with access to the biggest budget and best players of his career he’s skipped straight to the adulation phase at Spurs, success-starved supporters singing his name after just a handful of games.
Commentary doyen Martin Tyler has a greater appreciation than most in Premier League circles of the graft Postecoglou has undertaken to reach this point, having crossed paths while working for SBS. To his adoring masses, it would seem extraordinary that Postecoglou was forced to turn to punditry when deemed unemployable for a period between his time with the Australian under age system and Brisbane Roar, just fifteen years ago.
‘He’s been really spot on with his comments about it all, obviously he’s now the flavour of the month, and long may it continue for him. He’s humble about the success he’s had so far, he knows winning a few games at the start of the season is important but it’s not going to win you trophies, and that’s what Spurs fans are hoping to get out of his tenure’, Tyler told Box2Box.
‘The players have obviously bought into his philosophy and it’s been a flying start, but it is just a start. He’s been saying he thought perhaps he wouldn’t get to the Premier League but he’s here, and he’s in probably the best stadium in the world at the moment.’
The entirety of Spurs’ offseason discourse was dominated by the will-he won’t-he transfer saga that ultimately saw club legend Harry Kane depart for Bayern Munich, where he’s finding the net with trademark ferocity.
That suddenly feels a long time ago, such has been the shift in mindset with which Tottenham now knock the ball around. If they are to continue towards elusive trophies, there’d be more than a few wondering if Kane might glance a rueful eye back towards from where he came.
‘Harry Kane goes, Ange comes in, and maybe spreading the workload among the rest of the players who possibly looked a little more towards one man to win games in the past, sees them more of a collective now. Ange is very good at making the most of that’, said Tyler.
‘The fans would build a statue if he won something in his first season, it’s that important to them. Just from observing one pace back, watching the game with a passion, I’m wishing him well. And remembering the few times where we were on the same show in our SBS days where he was a studio pundit. He’s much more than that, now.’