Behind the scenes of Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham unveiling with Harry Kane and a miracle train

Ange Postecoglou will have known two things when he walked into the press conference room at Hotspur Way on Monday afternoon to meet the assembled media as new Tottenham Hotspur manager.

Firstly, the Australian was well aware that while he was the one sitting there in front of the cameras, most people were waiting for news of another man – Harry Kane. Postecoglou also knew that if he was to shift the focus back to him and Spurs, he needed to deliver a commanding, enigmatic and confident performance in the hot seat. Luckily he did, and he did it looking completely relaxed.

The press conference room at the Enfield-based training complex was busy. It wasn’t busy at Jose Mourinho levels. The same room was so packed on November 21, 2019 with the assembled world media that people stood, crowded along the walls and the back of the room immersed in cameras, but it was busy enough for Postecoglou.

Mourinho is a huge global name with millions hanging on his every word and while Postecoglou is a sports star back home in Australia today, the lower key nature of this introduction allowed for a better connection with the room as he engaged with the reporters on a more personal level than the Portuguese’s stand.

Postecoglou spoke for a long time across the press conference as questions were thrown at him, just under 53 minutes in total. Only Mourinho achieved more in his first press conference, with an hour and 12 minutes in total divided between the broadcast part and then the written part for the next morning’s papers.

For context, Nuno Espirito Santo’s first press conference as Tottenham manager lasted just 28 minutes. It was to become a theme for the former Wolves boss, who had little time to speak to the media or, it would later appear, a number of his players.

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Postecoglou did not look like a man who stepped into the unknown. At 57, he has plenty of experience, whether it’s managing at a World Cup or within the cauldron of Old Firm rivalry. This could be seen as a step up, but as he said, it’s “just another challenge” to enjoy.

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