Postecoglou tips ‘dirtiest footballer ever’ to be Premier League’s next superstar manager

Ange Postecoglou has tipped compatriot Kevin Muscat to become the next big managerial import to the Premier League.

Since 2021, Muscat has served as the manager of Japanese J1-League team Yokohama F. Marinos.

The 50-year-old, who was previously known as “the dirtiest footballer ever,” had a successful 19-year playing career that included stops in Scotland and England.

Muscat played for Crystal Palace, Wolves, and Millwall despite only spending one season with Rangers in the SPL.

He spent a large portion of his career provoking a variety of famous people, such as former Newcastle and Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy, French World Cup victor Christophe Dugarry, and Arsenal icon Ian Wright.

A coincidental eight-week suspension for a violent tackle on Adrian Zahra in the Melbourne derby in 2011 coincidentally brought an end to his career with Melbourne Victory.

The former tough-tackling defender is preparing for a comeback to the Premier League, but this time in the managerial position, according to Tottenham manager Postecoglou.

Similar to Postecoglou, Muscat has earned an unlikely reputation for playing elegant, free-flowing football.

“Kevin’s a good man and he’s doing very well in Japan,” Postecoglou said on talkSPORT. He’ll be another one that comes through, so keep an eye out for him.

He’ll be yet another Australian who comes here and lowers some barriers.

Postecoglou has further opened the door for Australian managers to manage in one of Europe’s top-five leagues. Patrick Kisnorbo became the first to achieve that feat when he was handed the reins at French club Troyes last season. Unfortunately, for the former Leicester and Leeds defender, he was unable to keep Troyes in the top flight and his side currently sit tenth in Ligue 2.


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