Ange Postecoglou has already given exciting Nick Montgomery verdict for Tottenham academy stars

Nick Montgomery could be set to have a big impact as part of Ange Postecoglou's Tottenham coaching staff
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It is perhaps no surprise to see Nick Montgomery become part of Ange Postecoglou's Tottenham coaching setup ahead of next season. The former Hibs head coach joins the club's ranks following his dismissal from the Scottish side in May and he will also be joined in north London by his trusted assistant Sergio Raimundo.

Montgomery and Raimundo worked alongside each other at Central Coast Mariners and Hibs and they will once again do likewise at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as assistant coaches. Montgomery is certainly no stranger to Postecoglou after a successful time in Australia with the Mariners.

Firstly playing for the Gosford-based side after departing Sheffield United in 2012, the 42-year-old would later become an assistant coach with the Australian outfit before eventually becoming head coach in July 2021. It proved to be a very successful time for Montgomery as he led his team to the A-League championship in 2023.

The Mariners didn't finish top of the league table during the regular season but they produced when it mattered most in the finals series as they ran riot against Melbourne City in the Grand Final after defeating them 6-1. His work in Australia of course came to the attention of Postecoglou, who heaped praise on his fellow coach last September when asked about Montgomery in a pre-match press conference.

"Nick has done brilliantly in Australia," he said following Montgomery's decision to become Hibs boss. "He did a fantastic job at a club that it is fair to say in Australia is not considered one of the big ones and won the whole thing last year. He has done it in a great way where he has developed young players and great he gets the opportunity.

"I am glad people are looking beyond the obvious in terms of candidates whether they are at their doorstep or on the other side of the world. I have no doubt he will do well.

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"I think Hibs is a great club. I remember from being up there it is a big club. When you play against them, you feel like it is a big club and there is an opportunity there to get them into a decent position in the Premiership and European football. I am sure Nick will do that so pleased for him."

What Postecoglou mentioned about the fact that Montgomery has "developed young players" could well hint at what's to come for the Leeds-born coach during his time at Tottenham, with the 58-year-old again mentioning that key factor when speaking about the coaching changes taking place in north London. The Lilywhites have some very impressive youngsters coming through the system at present and Montgomery may well push for them to get their chance in Postecoglou's Tottenham team.

Jamie Donley featured in the Spurs squad on a number of occasions last season and he will be looking to build on his four senior appearances heading into the new season. Tottenham also have high hopes for Mikey Moore and Tyrese Hall, with the former going on the train with the first team in the final weeks of the 2023/24 season and feature in their last two games against Man City and Sheffield United.

Hall, on the other hand, really caught the eye in a cameo appearance in Tottenham's post-season friendly against Newcastle United and he could be given a few more opportunities by Postecoglou in pre-season and beyond. reported in June that the head coach has taken a real liking to Moore and Hall in particular.

Will Lankshear, George Abbott, Alfie Devine and Yago Santiago are also some of the others who will be looking for pitch time in pre-season and they could well go on to develop and benefit from working under Montgomery. The same goes for Swedish ace Lucas Bergvall, who will link up with his Spurs teammates for the very first time next week following his move from Djurgarden.

Although his time in Scotland with Hibs did not go as planned, Montgomery made quite the impression in Australia and Postecoglou clearly believes that he can have a huge impact as part of his Tottenham team going forward. At a time when Tottenham fans want to see more of the club's youngsters make the step up from the academy to the first team, the arrival of Montgomery to the coaching staff could prove to be a very shrewd appointment.

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