Wim Jansen Tribute: “The impact he had in just one year at this football club is fantastic,” Ange Postecoglou | OneFootball

Wim Jansen Tribute: “The impact he had in just one year at this football club is fantastic,” Ange Postecoglou

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Ange Postecoglou today paid his respects to former Celtic manager Wim Jansen who has sadly passed away at the age of 75. Wim Jansen arrived at Celtic in the summer of 1997 facing the seemingly impossible task of stopping the big spending Rangers in their attempt to reach ten in a row and thus beat the record of consecutive Scottish league titles wins set by Jock Stein’s Celtic between 1966-1974.

Not only did Wim Jansen win the league to stop the ten he also added the League Cup to the Celtic trophy room for the first time since the early 1980s and also spend £650,000 to bring Henrik Larsson to the club in what is surely the best piece of transfer business ever done by Celtic or probably any other club.

Here’s what Ange has had to say about Wim Jansen at today’s media conference…

22nd May 1978: The Dutch football team in the World Cup in Argentina, (back row, from left) Jan Jongbloed, Rene Kerkhof, Ruud Krol, Wim Suurbier, Wim Rijsbergen, Jan Neeskens and Van Hanegem, (front row, from left) Johnny Rep, Piet Wildschut, Wim Jansen and Willy Kerkhof. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

“It’s sad news for his family, and for our football club and all the organisations he’s been involved with. He’s a massive name in Dutch football, both as a player and a manager,” Ange said. “I’ve often said that, for all of us, we get the privilege of coming through these clubs and our ultimate ambition is to leave some sort of mark or some sort of legacy and he did that in 12 months. “The impact he had in just one year at this football club is fantastic. It was a similar journey to mine, from Japan to here, way back then, and he has left an indelible mark. “And for all of us, what you hope for is that at the end of it, when you stop doing what you love, is that, along the way, you’ve belonged somewhere and you’ve made a mark somewhere, because that keeps everything you’ve done alive, and with Wim, that’s definitely the case, both in Dutch football and particularly here at our club, he will be forever remembered.”

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