The best scene of A Bronx Tale is not the one with the car. Or the one with the game of craps. The best scene of A Bronx Tale it’s when a group of bikers arrive at the local pub and start wreaking havoc.
It’s a big scene. Local mob boss Sonny tells them it’s time to drink and go. The answer to that is just more devastating, so Sonny struts over the front door and casually locks it while delivering the chilling line: Now you can’t leave.
For the avoidance of doubt, we – the media, the fans, the social media creepers, the kiddy-on have always backed himers…all of us – are the bikers in this scenario. Sonny d’Ange Postecoglou. He locked the door, and now we can’t leave. The only difference is that instead of kicking our ass, like Sonny and his guys do with the bikers in the movie, he charmed us all into his thing. Now you can’t leave. And most importantly, no one wants.
Not now anyway. When he was first named a little over a year ago, most people started off a little. There were varying degrees of absurdity in that, of course, but it’s still true. No one is now. I mean sincerely nobody is now.
That’s despite the fact that he seems to be everywhere this summer (although, crucially, not as many places as Jota). Interviews are published what seems to be every two weeks. Insight into his belief system readily available left, right and center.
Most of them include him saying things similar to what he’s said throughout the season, but they’re still captivating. The singularity of the message – as Mick Lynch dutifully demonstrates in the midst of the RMT strike – is hard to dismiss when delivered eloquently and with the force of truth behind it.
That clarity of vision erupted again in Postecoglou’s latest off-season guest spot – this time on Luke Darcy Empower leadership podcast.
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At an hour and a half long, the episode contains a lot of what we can now confidently call Angel-isms. Well worth a listen (and thanks to the obsessed Ange Postecoglou – his words, not mine – @KhalilKayal for reporting it to me on Twitter).
The 56-year-old’s thoughts on creating the right environment for his footballers to thrive are still worthwhile. His ability to sell his ethos and implore players to buy is both modern and throwback, while putting the ultimate emphasis not just on risk-taking, but on cultivating a state of play. spirit of do not be afraid taking them is a familiar refrain for anyone who regularly listened to the director speak. It was obvious here again.
“Everything I love about the game, what I love about our sport, is achieving the unattainable,” he said. “That will only come when people take risks and aren’t afraid of making mistakes and the repercussions of mistakes.
“We work with good players, which means speeding things up, putting more pressure on them, making them make mistakes. The players learn from that without it being put forward as a negative.
From the recent restructuring of the youth system to the timely and consistent recruitment strategy, the club seem to align themselves with the Postecoglou ethos.
It is, for all intents and purposes, becoming a bit of a cultural club. And while I doubt Boy George will want to lend his sweater anytime soon, he would surely appreciate Postecoglou’s way with words. It’s just too hard not to.
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