He's back! Tony Popovic confirms Hyundai A-League return

Tony Popovic has announced his return to the Hyundai A-League on Friday as Perth Glory’s new head coach on a three-year deal.

Popovic confirmed the news in an interview with Fox Sports News, where he said the potential of the club was an exciting proposition.

“I think the club has the greatest potential for [Western Australian] football and the passion of the fans,” Popovic said.

“The people love football. With that potential, I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to untap that together with the club, the owner and the players who are certainly going to put everything in so we can create some new memories.”

Popovic sets the bar high

 

After an ill-fated stint in Europe with Turkish club Kardemir Karabukspor, Popovic's return to Glory comes in the place of former Glory head coach Kenny Lowe.

A Caltex Socceroos legend, Popovic has earned a reputation as one of Australia’s most high-profile coaches after leading Western Sydney Wanderers FC to the AFC Asian Champions League title in 2014 – the first time an Australian club achieved this feat.

Popovic also led the Wanderers to the Premiership in their inaugural season in the Hyundai A-League in 2012/13, runners up in the Regular Season in 2013/14 and 2015/16 while they were also Grand Final runners up in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

Perth Glory are expected to officially unveil Popovic during Friday night’s Most Glorious Awards.