New Celtic coach Harry Kewell has discussed what he has learned so far in coaching and where he is at before taking on the job in Celtic’s backroom staff.
It was announced on Friday that Kewell would join Ange Postecoglou’s backroom staff for the forthcoming season, linking up with John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan as Stephen McManus take on a new role with the Celtic B team.
So far, Kewell has managed Watford’s U23s, Crawley Town, Notts County, Oldham Athletic and Barnet but it is important to note that even though his managerial record may not be exemplary he is being appointed to Celtic as a coach not a manager.
With everything that Ange has achieved so far at the club, he has plenty of credit in the bank and if he is onboard and wanted the appointment to go ahead, then everyone should be happy.
The former Leeds and Liverpool attacking player has a vast knowledge of the game having played at the very top. His most noticeable achievement is his 2005 Champions League winning medal with the Reds.
“I never thought I would have been a coach. i always understood the game. I knew how to break defences down. I knew how to exploit areas. I knew how to fill gaps. So when I went into that coaching role, I loved it from the moment I took my first session,” said Harry Kewell speaking to A-Leagues.
“Going into coaching that flame just lit and that flame’s still there. As a coach or a manager, you’re trying to create something, a philosophy, an idea. You try to put a structure in.
“Since I’ve been home, I’ve been able to concentrate on myself, to make myself happy. What makes me happy and reflecting on that has made me, I suppose, a better person, I’m a bit more chilled out, a bit more relaxed. I’m happy where I am.”
The experience which Kewell will bring to the dressing room will be vital for Ange Postecoglou’s side as we look towards the coming season and the Champions League. Supporters will be able to catch a glimpse of Kewell as he and the other coaches put the players through their paces at the Champions training day scheduled in the next few weeks. [Celtic FC]