Ange Postecoglou begins Japanese adventure
ANGE Postecoglou has promised success to J-League's Yokohama F. Marinos after being officially announced as the club's new coach.
Yokohama have not won the J.League since 2004 but the former Socceroos boss told fans he would bring trophies, while playing an attractive brand of football.
"Our goal is to make Yokohama F Marinos a team everyone else will fear,” Postecoglou said at a team ceremony.
"My priority and my ambition is to have Yokohama F Marinos playing football that will make our supporters excited, make them proud and, most importantly, we will bring success.”
Postecoglou shocked supporters and pundits when he decided to quit the Socceroos post despite qualifying for the World Cup finals with a playoff win over Honduras.
The 52-year-old said he was keen to get back into club football after famously guiding Brisbane Roar to back-to-back A-League titles in 2011 and 2012.
"Everyone in Australia wants a reason,” Postecoglou said.
"I had a fantastic four years as national coach. When you coach your own country it's the highest honour.
"In those four years we won the Asian Cup, we qualified for the World Cup and I just felt it was the right time for me to try a new adventure.”
Postecoglou will be the first Australian to coach in the J-League since Graham Arnold's short-lived tenure with Vegalta Sendai in 2014.
"It's a new culture for me, a new country that I have to adapt to and embrace,” Postecoglou said.
"I think for me in my journey as a coach and in life it's exactly what I want and I'm really looking forward to it.”