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Ange Postecoglou openly says he will bring Tottenham to his hometown of Melbourne – football legend Alan Shearer slams the trip as ‘madness’


Ange Postecoglou is relishing being back in his native Melbourne with his Tottenham team ahead of ‘Global Football Week’ – but football legend Alan Shearer has branded the trip ‘madness’ – and many Spurs fans agree.

Spurs and Newcastle flew to Australia just hours after playing their final Premier League game of the season at the weekend – and former Socceroos boss Postecoglou felt it was a priceless opportunity to showcase some of the world’s best players on local shores.

«To be able to bring Tottenham Hotspur to my hometown of Melbourne is really special,» he told News Corp.

“The Premier League is the best league in the world, we have an exciting, young squad and this gives our fans Down Under the opportunity to come and see some of the biggest names in world football playing the style of football they want. enjoy.’

‘Aussie Ange’ – fresh from guiding Tottenham to fifth in the Premier League and securing a Europa League place – is also looking forward to taking on Eddie Howe’s men on the hallowed turf of the MCG.

Ange Postecoglou relishes being back in his home city of Melbourne with his Tottenham team ahead of ‘Global Football Week’

Spurs - including talisman Son Heung-min (pictured) - take on Newcastle United at the MCG on May 22

Spurs – including talisman Son Heung-min (pictured) – take on Newcastle United at the MCG on May 22.

Postecoglou described the sports venue as «iconic and historic» and said it would be «I’m honored to step on that pitch and lead Spurs out.»

Shearer, the Premier League’s record goalscorer and Newcastle hero, was on a completely different page.

Can you imagine having to do that when you play the (upcoming) Copa America or Euro 2024?

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‘Madness. Crazy,” he told Match Of The Day.

«I wouldn’t be happy at all. It’s crazy for Newcastle to go and play Spurs there on Wednesday night (AEST) and then the next game (against the A-League All Stars on Friday).’

Hotspur supporters were on the same page as Shearer, with some branding the trip «making money at the expense of the players’ health» and «nothing but greed», while others pleaded for the club to give their stars a break.

The European Championship begins in Germany on June 14, while the Copa America kicks off six days later, with some players on the Australian tour expected to feature in either tournament.

Newcastle and Spurs have named strong squads for the tour Down Under, with the Magpies taking Kieran Trippier, Alexander Isak and Bruno Guimaraes, while Spurs have flown in the likes of James Maddison, Heung-Min Son and Micky van de Ven.

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer (pictured) has hit out at his old club's tour of Australia, calling it 'madness'

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer (pictured) has hit out at his old club’s tour of Australia, calling it ‘madness’

Kick-off at the MCG on Wednesday night is 7.45pm AEST.

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s women’s team have also flown out of London for Global Football Week, with Matildas trio Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord and Kyra Cooney-Cross sure to be crowd favourites.

The Gunners take on the A-League All Stars Women on May 24 from 8.05pm at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.

It follows an earlier clash between the A-League All Stars Men and Newcastle United FC at 5.15pm at the same venue.



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