Tony Popovic named coach of new A-League team
Former Crystal Palace assistant Tony Popovic has been named head
coach of the new western Sydney team in Australian football’s
Football Federation Australia said Thursday that Popovic signed
a four-year deal to lead the side when it enters the 10-team
competition in the 2012-13 season.
Popovic has had assistant coaching roles with Sydney FC and the
League Championship’s Crystal Palace, where he was released from
his contract a year early this week.
”Certainly it’s a great challenge, but one that I can handle,”
Popovic said. ”We are short of time but we’re confident we’ll get
a good team, a competitive team from the outset and one that’s well
The new club also named Lyall Gorman as its inaugural executive
chairman, meaning he will step down from his role as A-League chief
Popovic and Gorman have set a goal of having a squad of players
to begin training on June 25. Recruitment will start immediately
with the new season beginning in October.
Sydney-born Popovic started his playing career with Sydney
United before spells with Japan’s Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Crystal
Palace, where he was a former captain, Qatar’s Al Arabi and Sydney
The 38-year-old former center back played 61 internationals for
Australia, retiring soon after the 2006 World Cup.