Ange Postecoglou has won over many doubters with his success at Celtic and now even his most infamous critic has said sorry and accepted his slice of humble pie.
Former Scotland, Spurs and Manchester United player Alan Brazil went viral with his brutal take on Celtic’s left-field appointment of former Socceroos boss Postecoglou last year.
The talkSPORT Breakfast host certainly wasn’t alone in questioning Postecoglou’s move from Yokohama F Marinos in the J-League but he certainly didn’t mince his words.
“Celtic have applied for exemption with UEFA for Yokohama Marinos boss, what is it, Postecooglou? (sic), to manage in Europe,” Brazil said at the time.
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“He does not hold the required licence – oh, this has got to be a wind-up.”
Asked how he’d fare, Brazil sarcastically replied: “Oh, he’d be a great manager. Where do they come up with these guys from?”
Postecoglou’s impact has been widely lauded with Celtic wrapping up the league title on Wednesday, having already won the Scottish League Cup in December.
To his credit, Brazil has now admitted he was well off the mark — comparing Postecoglou’s surprise success to that of Arsene Wenger when he joined Arsenal from the J-League in 1996.
“Listen, I am delighted. I like eating humble pie and I’m delighted,” Brazil said.
“I will apologise live, now. Ange, different class. What a job you’ve done. It’s fantastic and I take it all back.
“It was the same when Arsene Wenger came and I went ‘who?’ I didn’t know who they were and obviously David Dein had a lot to do with that and someone has spotted the talent and brought him over and he’s loved every minute of it.”
With the hard work now done, Postecoglou and Celtic will get to enjoy the spoils when the trophy is presented after Saturday night’s home clash with Motherwell.