Postecoglou to take the reins at Yokohama

  • Postecoglou to take the reins at Yokohama

Postecoglou to take the reins at Yokohama

The 52-year-old resigned as Australia manager last month after guiding the Socceroos to next year's World Cup finals in Russian Federation and will be replacing Frenchman Erick Mombaerts at Marinos.

The Asian Cup victor has accepted the job in charge of City Football Group (CFG)-aligned J.League club Yokohama F. Marinos and will take up the reins in the new year.

Postecoglou takes on a new venture in the J-League.

The multi-year deal and stability of being part of the leading football conglomerate was enough to stave off a move to Europe which has always been a goal of Postecoglou.

Ange Postecoglou will take over as the new head coach of J-League's Yokohama F Marinos.

Yokohama F-Marinos are part-owned by the City Football Group (CFG), who also own English Premier League club Manchester City, Major League Soccer's New York City, Melbourne City in Australia and Uruguayan club Atletico Torque.

Postecoglou said there was no "tipping point" but "it's just an instinct and I just think it's the right time for me, for the team".

It will be the second stint overseas for the former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory mentor, who coached Greek third division club Panachaiki in 2008.

Club president Koichiro Furukawa said Postecoglou would encourage "an attractive and entertaining style of football which will suit our approach".

"We were very pleased to work with the Marinos in appointing Ange".

Postecoglou, who walked away from the Socceroos after leading the team to the World Cup, said he was looking forward to returning to club land. "We are confident that he is the flawless choice to take us forward", Furukawa said. "We are confident that he is the flawless choice to take us forward".

The club finished the 2017 J-League season in fifth place.