Ange Postecoglou doesn’t at present really feel worthy of the Tottenham fans’ help however has promised to strive bring them joy after being impressed by Australian singer Nick Cave.
It has been a troublesome 2023 for Spurs after the membership’s trophy drought prolonged and file goalscorer Harry Kane departed on the eve of the brand new Premier League season, however there’s overwhelming help for Postecoglou.
The brand new man within the Tottenham hotseat was this week reminded of soccer’s significance to supporters when he listened to a podcast between Louis Theroux and his compatriot Cave.
“It’s not about making the fans glad, it’s about giving them joy and joy comes from struggling,” Postecoglou mentioned forward of Manchester United’s go to on Saturday.
“I’m saying that as a result of I listened to a podcast in the course of the week and I believed it was an ideal description of what soccer is about.
“I’m at that humorous stage the place supporters have been very, very supportive however I don’t anticipate that nor do I really feel worthy of it.
“I nonetheless want to show myself to our fans and the individuals on the membership by our deeds relatively than our phrases.
“Hopefully for the time being we’re giving them type of perception in what we’re attempting to create however we want to again it up on a weekly foundation.
“We want our supporters behind us. We would like the Tottenham floor to be a spot the place the power is all on our facet, so hopefully that occurs tomorrow.”
Postecoglou was serenaded for quite a lot of minutes by the away fans at Brentford final weekend and a tifo show is deliberate for his first aggressive residence match in cost.
However he admitted: “It means lots however I’m not snug with it. You’re keen on what it means as a result of for probably the most half it’s blind religion.
“I haven’t but delivered something. Hopefully when the day comes that we ship as a group it would imply one thing totally different then.
“I don’t dismiss it both, that’s individuals taking an enormous leap of religion on me as a person and I recognize that. It’s a very good reminder of the accountability that I’ve.”
Whereas fans will get behind the group for the 5.30pm kick-off with Erik Ten Hag’s United, a protest will happen hours earlier than organized by Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Belief over the membership’s choice to improve matchday ticket costs.
The ‘Name to Motion’ from THST will ask for the membership to reverse the rise – which they insist will value out loyal fans – and Postecoglou backed their proper to “categorical their feelings” throughout Friday’s press convention.
He’s additionally aware of how essential residence type may be, including: “It’s a ravishing stadium, completely, however as a lot as opposition groups take pleasure in enjoying within the venue, what we’ve got received to be sure is that they don’t benefit from the expertise.
“What makes grounds troublesome to play on is the expertise you give groups, whether or not that’s the setting the fans create or the soccer you play in opposition to them.
“In order for you to make it a spot the place we see it as a bonus, you’ve got to be sure the expertise for opposition golf equipment just isn’t a pleasing one.”
Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson made certain groups didn’t take pleasure in travelling to Previous Trafford and Postecoglou reminisced about his assembly with the managerial nice this week.
Postecoglou was in command of South Melbourne once they misplaced 2-0 to United within the Membership World Championship in 2000.
And greater than 20 years later he’ll strive to safe his first Premier League win in opposition to Ferguson’s previous membership.
“I don’t suppose I take components in my very own sport however individuals like Sir Alex, whether or not it’s consciously or unconsciously, they impact you,” Postecoglou acknowledged.
“It’s not simply soccer managers. I’m a fairly curious form of man and also you study issues from all kinds of individuals and occasions.
“I’ve at all times tried to consistently nourish that a part of my mind that’s consistently interested by issues.
“It was vital for me as a result of we had been coming from nowhere enjoying at one of many world’s most iconic stadiums, the Maracana, in opposition to one of many biggest groups at the moment that soccer had seen, in opposition to one of many biggest managers.
“I had 5 or 6 minutes with him and other than saying howdy, I simply listened. That’s the easiest way to interact with individuals like that. There’s no level me speaking for 5 minutes, he’s not going to study something off me.”