Western Sydney Wanderers coach takes job in Turkey


Western City Wanderers head coach Tony Popovic has quit.
Western City Wanderers head coach Tony Popovic has quit.

Western Sydney have been rocked by the news that coach Tony Popovic has quit the cub to take up a job in Turkey.

It comes just six days before the kick-off to the new A-League season and has left the Wanderers in a desperate search for a new coach.

It is understood former Sydney FC coach Ian Crook, who runs the youth program at the club, will assume the caretaker role until the club can find a suitable replacement.

Popovic has been desperate to try his luck overseas and was considered a chance for the role at English club Crystal Palace several seasons ago. He was also linked with a move to the Chinese superleague at one stage.

The former Socceroo is believed to be joining Karabukspor, who are languishing near the bottom of the league after eight rounds.

Popovic was the Wanderers gfirst coach when they joined the A-League in 2012. He took them to the Premier’s Plate and grand final in their first season before guiding the club to a historic Asian Champions League title.

The Wanderers have not win an A-League championship despite playing in three grand finals.

The club is expected to hold a press conference tomorrow to officially announce his departure.

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