Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou has explained that he requested for a young fan to be given the opportunity to ask the final question at a fans forum after advice he had previously taken from a famous college coach. Postecoglou took charge of the Lilywhites in the summer and is preparing for his first north London derby against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday
I’m just trying to be who I have been my whole life,” Postecoglou told reporters. “He was just a young man who wanted to ask a question. That’s why we were there and one more question wouldn’t hurt. A famous college coach once said ‘never be proud about doing the right thing.’”
Postecoglou appeared in front of Tottenham fans earlier this week for a Q&A session and ensured a Spurs supporter with Down Syndrome, called Owen, had time to ask his question after he had waited patiently to quiz the boss, according to the Daily Mail.
“Hang on, one more question down the front. He’s got the best question,” Postecoglou said to host Nihal Arthanayake as the event was coming to an end.
The young fan asked Postecoglou how Tottenham were going to get the better of Arsenal this weekend. And the Australian replied: “We will do our best, everyone involved at the football club… we understand what this team means to you all. Our role is try and make you happy and proud – and that is what we will try and do.”
Postecoglou’s appointment at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium raised eyebrows among some Spurs fans, with his only experience in Europe coming during his two-year reign as Celtic boss. The 58-year-old won two Scottish Premierships, two Scottish League Cups and the Scottish Cup after moving to Celtic Park following three-and-a-half years in charge of Yokohama and a four-year spell as Australia’s national team manager. But he has revolutionised the Tottenham team by overseeing an exciting, attacking style of football.
Spurs are currently second in the Premier League table with 13 points after winning four of their opening five matches and drawing the other. And as Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy spoke about Postecoglou at the fans forum, he explained: “Honestly, there was a lot of pressure on me to bring in somebody that was a big name.
“I just wanted somebody who understood our DNA, would play attacking football, that would give young players a chance, believe in the academy, would build a relationship with the fans and understand the resources that we have and don’t have as a club and be part of a team. Ange, I have to say, is a breath of fresh air.”