Ange Postecoglou would seriously consider leaving Celtic for Leeds United in the summer claims talkSPORT pundit
Ange Postecoglou would “seriously consider” leaving Celtic to take the Leeds United manager’s job in the summer, according to Jason Cundy.
The Scottish title winner, who is currently nine points clear at the top of the SPFL in his bid to defend the trophy, is an option that has been monitored at Elland Road for “some time” according to Sky Sports Mark McAdam on Tuesday, the day after Jesse Marsch was sacked.
Doubt has been cast on whether the former Australia and Yokohama boss would leave a possible league-winning season for a relegation battle in the Premier League, but Cundy believes it would definitely be an option in the summer.
Speaking on talkSPORT over night, in a clip posted to the station’s Twitter on Tuesday morning (7 February), during a discussion with a Whites fan over whether the Australian would leave the SPFL Cundy said: “You’re leaving Celtic mate, you are. Maybe not this second because you’ve got a title to win, but if Leeds are in the Premier League…”.
When co-host Jamie O’Hara expressed surprise he clarified: “You’re not going to leave right here, right now. I don’t think it’s the right time.”
O’Hara asked: “So if Leeds stay up, they cling on somehow, you think Ange leaves Celtic?”
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And Cundy replied: “I think he seriously considers it, yeah.”
The expectation is that Leeds United aren’t looking for a short-term firefighter and then a long-term project in the summer, so that probably means Postecoglou won’t be the Whites boss in the near future.
Stranger things have happened though, and Brendan Rodgers did leave Celtic Park with his own side eight points clear almost exactly four years ago, to join a Leicester City side that was in the bottom half of the Premier League.
The Northern Irishman’s decision has no doubt heightened expectations of Postecoglou making a similar departure.
And the current Hoops boss will continue to be linked to the Premier League unless or until his future is clarified with a move elsewhere or a big new contract in Scotland.
Everton were thought to be looking at him to replace Frank Lampard before appointing Sean Dyche [Daily Mail, 24 January], since after instantly taking Celtic back to the top of the Scottish Premiership following Steven Gerrard’s title win at Rangers he has built up plenty of admirers.
So for as long as the Elland Road job is open he is likely to be someone the hierarchy would like to give a decision to make, but whether he would make the one they want right now, should they be able to speak to him, is hard to determine.
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