Mile Jedinak Reunites with Ange Postecoglou at Tottenham Hotspur
Ange Postecoglou always relied heavily on the leadership qualities of Mile Jedinak on the pitch during his successful stint as Australia’s national manager.
Now new Tottenham Hotspur boss Postecoglou will be banking on those same qualities shining through off the pitch after handing Jedinak a key role in his Spurs backroom team.
Football Careers client Mile, 38, was named Assistant Coach this week in a new coaching team alongside Chris Davies, Rob Burch, Ryan Mason and Matt Wells.
Postecoglou was eager to be reunited with his former Socceroos skipper as he gears up for his first EPL campaign following his move from Celtic.
He is well aware of Jedinak’s strengths, having made the former Crystal Palace and Aston Villa midfielder his captain immediately after being appointed Australia boss in 2014.
The pair’s relationship blossomed as Jedinak led the Socceroos to a memorable triumph in the 2015 Asian Cup, and he retained the armband throughout Postecoglou’s three-year reign, helping his country qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Sydney-born Jedinak eventually racked up 79 full international caps, scoring 20 goals, and Postecoglou was quick to pay tribute to his skipper. Speaking during his time as Australia boss, the 57-year-old said:
“Mile has been fantastic for us. He is instrumental in bringing on the younger players in the group and he is a fantastic influence in the dressing room.”
Having hung up his boots in 2020, Jedinak stepped into a coaching role in Aston Villa’s Academy before being appointed the club’s Loan Development Coach the following year.