Ange Postecoglou is bringing happy days back to Tottenham, joking on Friday that his bedroom wall no longer carries posters of his two childhood heroes — The Fonz and Kenny Dalglish.
Postecoglou supported Liverpool as a youngster growing up in Melbourne, and adored Dalglish, the legend of Tottenham’s opponents today. As a self-confessed hoarder of childhood mementos, he still has old VHS tapes of Liverpool games he recorded.
Yet Postecoglou, now 58, insists he has moved on from that red era as he explained yesterday: ‘It was the Seventies so you went one or two ways — Liverpool or Manchester United. A couple of my mates went United so I went Liverpool to keep it interesting. Like any kid, I had the posters up on my wall.
‘Liverpool was my team, but you grow up. I used to love Happy Days back then, too, but I don’t have posters of The Fonz on my wall today either.
‘I was consumed by football. I was fascinated by the culture at a club like Liverpool — the Boot Room, (Bill) Shankly, (Bob) Paisley, Ronnie Moran. I loved reading about it. Just as I was interested in reading about Sir Alex (Ferguson) or Jock Stein.
‘Reading those stories back then, that was my escape. There was a unique story (at Liverpool) about this mythical Boot Room where all the magic happened. For me, it was like reading fairytales. That was my way of creating a world. Obviously that has an influence because that’s where all the seeds were planted, my love for the game.’
Asked who adorned his Liverpool posters, Postecoglou said: ‘Everything was about Dalglish for me, whether Celtic or Liverpool. I was a mad Kenny fan. I was 12,13 and we look for heroes in our lives. He was it for me. Him and The Fonz.’
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