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Jun 24, 2022   |  8:33AM AET

Kewell’s ‘no-brainer’ job with Postecoglou after actually interviewing for another job

Kewell’s ‘no-brainer’ job with Postecoglou after actually interviewing for another job

Harry Kewell is relishing the chance to join Ange Postecoglou’s backroom team at Celtic, insisting it was a “no-brainer” to learn from his fellow Australian at the Scottish champions.

Kewell, the former Liverpool and Leeds forward who’s still considered in many quarters as Australia’s finest-ever player, has been brought in as first-team coach at Parkhead by manager Postecoglou.

READ MORE: WHY ANGE CHOSE KEWELL AS HIS CELTIC ASSISTANT

It is his first job back in football since being sacked as Barnet manager last September.

The 43-year-old is looking forward to working under Postecoglou, who guided the Hoops to the Scottish Premiership title in his first year in charge last season.

“I was actually going for another interview for another job, and I thought it went really well, and I was looking forward to the call back,” Kewell told Celtic TV.

“And in between that time, I got a call from the manager (Postecoglou), and the way he spoke to me, the way he presented the job, I said, ‘yes’ straight away.

“I didn’t even worry about the next part because I felt it was the opportunity for me to learn from, not only a great manager, not only an Australian manager, but a great manager that has been, and started to do his work, into Europe, and his ideas of what he wants to come across.

“He’s very forthright in what he wants out of his players, it’s similar to what I like and the way he spoke to me about football and what he wants from me, I said virtually there straightaway, ‘Of course I’ll come.’

“He always likes to mix things up, he always likes to bring in fresh ideas and I said when I spoke to him that I didn’t want to be just someone coming up here because of that Australian link.

“He spoke very positively about how he’s been monitoring me for a while, and I never knew that, so when he did speak to me about the ideas of what I can bring to the team, it was a no-brainer.”

Kewell, who earned 58 caps for Australia, has also had spells in charge of Crawley, Notts County and Oldham Athletic.

“I’m kind of blown away. I haven’t been at a huge club for a while now, so this is all kind of new to me and it’s nervous to come into such a huge club like this,” said Kewell.

“I have strong ambitions, but I’m not going to go straight in there and go this, this and this – that’s not me. I want to learn.”

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