The best scene in A Bronx Tale isn’t the one with the car. Or the one with the game of craps. The best scene in A Bronx Tale is when a bunch of bikers roll up to the local pub and start causing havoc.

It’s a great scene. Local mob boss Sonny tells them it’s time to drink up and leave. The response to that is simply more havoc so Sonny swaggers over the front door and casually locks it while delivering the chilling line: Now youse can’t leave.

For the avoidance of doubt we – the media, the fans, the social media creepers, the kiddy-on always-backed-himers… all of us – are the bikers in this scenario. Ange Postecoglou’s Sonny. He's locked the door, and now we can’t leave. The only difference is that instead of kicking the shit out of us, as Sonny and his guys do to the bikers in the film, he’s charmed us all into this thing of his. Now youse can’t leave. And, crucially, no-one wants to.

Not now anyway. When he was first appointed just over a year ago, most people kicked off a bit. There were varying degrees of nonsense within that, of course, but it’s still true. Nobody is now. I mean genuinely nobody is now.

That’s despite the fact he seems to be everywhere this summer (though still, crucially, not as many places as Jota). Interviews are being released what feels like every other week. Insight into his belief system readily available left, right and centre.

Most of them include him saying similar things to what he’s said throughout the season but they’re still captivating all the same. Singularity of message – as Mick Lynch is dutifully demonstrating amid the RMT strike – is hard to dismiss when it’s done eloquently and with the force of truth behind it.

That clarity of vision was bursting through again in Postecoglou’s latest off-season guest spot – this time on Luke Darcy’s Empowering Leadership podcast.


An hour-and-a-half long, the episode contains lots of what we can confidently now call Ange-isms. It’s well worth a listen (and thanks to the Ange Postecoglou-obsessed – his words, not mine – @KhalilKayal for flagging it up to me on Twitter).

The 56-year-old’s thoughts on creating the right environment for his footballers to flourish are always worthwhile. His ability to sell his ethos and implore players to buy in is both modern and a throwback while an ultimate emphasis not just on taking risks but on cultivating a mindset of not being afraid to take them is a familiar refrain for anyone whose regularly listened to the manager speak. It was evident here again.

"Everything that I love about the game, that I love about our sport, is in achieving the unattainable,” he said. “That'll only come when people take risks and are not afraid of making mistakes & the repercussions of mistakes.

“We’re working with good players so that means getting to speed things up, put more pressure on them, make them make mistakes. The players learn from that without it being highlighted as a negative.”

From the recent restructuring of the youth system to the timely and coherent recruitment strategy, the club seems to be getting its ducks in a row behind the Postecoglou ethic.

It is, to all intents and purposes, becoming a bit of a culture club. And while I doubt Boy George would fancy a loan of his jumper anytime soon he’d surely appreciate Postecoglou’s way with words. It’s simply too hard not to.

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