Ange Postecoglou has addressed rumors linking him with a Premier League move, insisting he is very happy where he is and that he is “living the dream” as manager of Scotting Premier League champions Celtic .
The former Socceroos boss is back Down Under to promote the Sydney Super Cup tournament, which will feature Celtic, Premier League side Everton and A-League clubs Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers.
The 57-year-old has worked wonders at Celtic, guiding the team to a league title, League Cup crown and Champions League qualification in his first season.
The former Socceroos boss’ impressive results have sparked a lot of interest from Premier League clubs – the Australian is rumored to be next in line for the top job at Brighton once he becomes available.
Postecoglou has also been reported as a target for struggling Leicester City in recent weeks, but he threw cold water on both of those reports while in Sydney.
“Don’t put a lot in it,” Postecoglou told The Project. “Twelve months ago I was favored to be released until Christmas.
“I’m really happy where I am – it’s a huge football club. We play in front of 60,000 people every week. We have the opportunity to win trophies – to win the Champions League.
“I’m loving it at the moment. i live the dream I’m exactly where I want to be and I look forward to bringing more success to the club.”
Postecoglou made similar comments on the Today Show, joking about the “real” reason he was in Australia.
“I enjoy where I am right now. I’ve only been at this for a year. We’ve had some fantastic successes over the past year, but we still have a lot of challenges ahead of us,” he said.
“We lost our last game and I had to leave the country and travel halfway across the world to escape inspection,” he said, referring to his side’s 2-0 defeat by St Mirren.
Postecoglou is looking forward to bringing Celtic to Australia in November on the club’s first visit Down Under since 2011.
“We have a large quota [Celtic] Supporters Down Under and knowing that an Aussie manager is in charge [of the club] is very humbling for me,” Postecoglou told 10 News.
“It will be great to play against fantastic opponents in the Premier League and seeing such a big club at Everton will be a wonderful experience.
‘Everyone knows how closely the EPL is being followed in Australia, everyone is excited about this opportunity.’