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Ange Postecoglou gives inspiring response to Carabao Cup exit by outlining unique Tottenham vision


Ange Postecoglou is focusing on sustainable, long-term success at Tottenham rather than quick silverware.

The Australian boss was brought in by Daniel Levy over the summer with fans desperate to end their run of winning just one trophy since 1991.

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Postecoglou is already a hugely popular figure at Tottenham after taking charge this summerCredit: Getty
Postecoglou says he's more focused on playing entertaining football than winning trophies

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Postecoglou says he’s more focused on playing entertaining football than winning trophiesCredit: AFP

Despite a blistering start in the Premier League, Tottenham have already been eliminated from one tournament by losing to Fulham on penalties in the Carabao Cup second round.

Nevertheless, the 58-year-old has made himself a popular man with the Tottenham fans due to his fast-tempo, attack-minded style of play, as well as an honest and candid approach with the media.

Asked if he regrets not progressing in the Carabao Cup, the Spurs boss exclusive told talkSPORT: “No and I’ve been at pains to say, supporters should feel the way that they want to feel.

“I’m not going to tell them not to be disappointed but I’m not in this job desperate to win something, I’m here because I want to help the club to win things on a yearly basis and there’s a difference.

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“Us winning a Carabao Cup and finishing 10th is not what I think this club is about and that’s not dismissing the Carabao Cup because I want to win every game – trust me, I was disappointed on that night as well but that’s not the end-game for me.

“It’s not about winning something for the sake of winning something, it’s about building something and that’s what’s driven me through my whole career.

“I want to build clubs who have sustainable success with supporters going into every season feeling good about their prospects and watching their team play good football.”

Postecoglou is a serial winner, with a treble at Celtic last term completing a glorious spell with the Scottish giants.

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But the Aussie insists the Tottenham job is about building something.

Speaking about why he took the job, Postecoglou told White and Jordan: “I love a challenge. I’ve done that through my whole career.

“Every step along the way I’ve decided when to move and I’ve usually moved on the back of success wherever I’ve been and that’s because there’s a challenge out there that really stirs me.

“You’ve got to get asked, that’s the first thing and secondly you look at what you’re going into and I think that the fact that it is one of the biggest clubs in the world but hasn’t had success for a very long time is probably the key driver for me.

“When you go into a challenge like that you know that, should you be able to implement the things that you want to and things go well, you can make a mark on the club you work for and that’s what I’ve tried to do at all of my clubs.

“That was the biggest attraction for me, the fact that the club hasn’t had a lot of success and was coming off a particularly poor season by their standards and the opportunity to create something.”

Postecoglou added: “The challenge, for me, is the same everywhere and that’s to get the team to play the kind of football that gives its own fans something to get excited about on a weekly basis and bring success to the club.

“There’s no other reason why I do what I do – it doesn’t matter where I’ve been, I want to bring success to this football club by playing a certain way and that never changes.

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“I’m uncompromising in that and success for me is winning things, but at the same time it’s not a desperation around just winning something because I just don’t think that gets you a sustainable sort of opportunity to be successful.

“For me, the foundation of it is to play a certain way which I believes brings success and also excites the punters.”

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