Australian footballing legend Harry Kewell has been confirmed as head coach of J1 League club Yokohama F.Marinos.
The 45-year-old replaces fellow Australian Kevin Muscat as the club’s head coach; Muscat stepped down after winning the J1 League title and Japanese Super Cup during his two-and-a-half-year tenure, joining Chinese champions Shanghai Port FC.
Kewell departs Celtic FC where he’s worked in the Scottish club’s coaching staff since 2022, first arriving at Parkhead to work under Ange Postecoglou.
Postecoglou was head coach of F.Marinos prior to his arrival at Celtic. He was replaced by Muscat, who in turn has vacated the position which Kewell has taken on as the third-consecutive Australian coach at the J1 League club.
The move to F.Marinos is Kewell’s first senior head coaching role since a stint at English club Barnet in the National League in 2021.
In a statement released by Celtic, Kewell expressed his thanks to the club and appreciation for both Postecoglou and current head coach Brendan Rodgers – the two managers he worked under in Scotland.
“I would like to thank Celtic for giving me such a wonderful opportunity to be part of one of the world’s great football clubs,” Kewell said.
“It has been an absolute privilege to work with Celtic with two great managers in Brendan and Ange.
“It has been an honour to be part of such a fantastic institution and it is a time in my career and life, which I will never forget.
“I have worked with great coaches, players and backroom staff and together we have enjoyed some brilliant moments together with the Celtic fans.’
“I would like to thank everyone at the Club and all the fans who have given me and the team such brilliant support.
“I would also like to thank Brendan for giving me such support in pursuing this new opportunity. It is a very difficult decision to leave Celtic but I feel the management opportunity presented to me is one I would like to pursue.
“I will always be a Celtic supporter and i will always wish nothing but the very best for the Club. I hope the club and our supporters can enjoy more and more success.”