Popovic to Perth: Glory grab former Wanderers premiership coach

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    Tony Popovic is back, but not where we thought he might be (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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    Former Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has reportedly signed a three-year deal to coach Perth Glory in search of a new challenge.

    Popovic was the inaugural coach of the Wanderers and took them all the way to the premiership in the 2012-13 season.

    He also coached the side to three grand finals in 2013, 2014 and 2016, although they were unable to claim the championship in any one of them.

    All up he coached Western Sydney through 180 games for a record of 77 wins, 63 losses and 40 draws.

    His shock defection to Turkish club Karabükspor was one of the big surprises of the A-League season, announced just a week before the season began.

    He was replaced by Josep Gombau at Western Sydney, but Gombau has since been sacked after the Wanderers failed to make finals under his watch.

    Popovic was unsuccessful at Karabükspor, coaching only nine games (for a record of three wins and six losses) before being sacked.

    He will now make a return to the A-League, but is swapping out his red and black for purple, taking the place of sacked coach Kenny Lowe at Perth Glory.

    Despite the fact that his former side the Wanderers currently find themselves with a vacancy for a senior coach, Popovic reportedly did not contact them to discuss the position.

    Instead he has chosen to take up a new challenge in attempting to turn around Perth, a side who missed finals this year and so far has fallen short of acquiring any silverware.

    Josh Elliott
    Josh Elliott

    Josh Elliott may be The Roar's Weekend Editor, but at heart he's just a rusted-on North Melbourne tragic with a penchant for pun headlines - and also abnormal alliteration, assuredly; assuming achievability. He once finished third in a hot chilli pie eating contest. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshElliott_29 and listen to him on The Roar's AFL Podcast.

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    • May 11th 2018 @ 2:26pm
      fadida said | May 11th 2018 @ 2:26pm | ! Report

      Surprising. Doesn’t feel like a good fit

      • May 11th 2018 @ 3:09pm
        Midfielder said | May 11th 2018 @ 3:09pm | ! Report

        Disagree IMO he is the type of coach they have always needed … PG to go close to winning next year…

    • Roar Rookie

      May 11th 2018 @ 2:39pm
      The Phantom Commissioner said | May 11th 2018 @ 2:39pm | ! Report

      Welcome to Perth Poppa, glad to have you on board.

    • Roar Guru

      May 11th 2018 @ 3:03pm
      Kaks said | May 11th 2018 @ 3:03pm | ! Report

      Good luck to him. At least Kalac can now quit being a concreter to feed the gambling problem

      • May 11th 2018 @ 3:12pm
        punter said | May 11th 2018 @ 3:12pm | ! Report

        Not a nice person Kalac.

        • May 11th 2018 @ 4:17pm
          fadida said | May 11th 2018 @ 4:17pm | ! Report

          Agree

    • May 11th 2018 @ 3:13pm
      punter said | May 11th 2018 @ 3:13pm | ! Report

      Good move by both Perth & Poppa.

    • Roar Guru

      May 11th 2018 @ 3:39pm
      Cousin Claudio said | May 11th 2018 @ 3:39pm | ! Report

      Great news for Poppa and Perth and another feel good story for the A-League.

      His last coaching lesson in Turkey has taught him a lot and matured him that little bit more. He now knows that a big part of the team’s success starts off the field in the management of the club and support from the owners for his football philosophy and tactics.

      Tony Sage is a vey successful businessman and has been an exemplary A-League club owner over the years and Australian football supporter.
      I’m sure he’ll give Poppa every chance to turn around the Glory’s fortunes and maybe a return to the good old Perth glory days.

      I think he can.

    • May 11th 2018 @ 3:47pm
      Lionheart said | May 11th 2018 @ 3:47pm | ! Report

      Well good luck to both. It doesn’t feel right to me, but time will change that no doubt.
      Not sure if that is saying Perth has never qualified for a grand final, but if it is of course they did, in 2012 v Roar.

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