Popovic named new West Sydney coach

Former Australia international Tony Popovic has been named as the inaugural coach of the Hyundai A-League's new western Sydney franchise.

Football News: Tony Popovic

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Popovic, who earned 58 caps for the Socceroos and played one season in the Barclays Premier League with Crystal Palace, was confirmed on Thursday as the latest A-League team, who have tentatively been named as West Sydney FC.

The appointment marks the 38-year-old's first chance at being head coach, after he had spells at Sydney FC and Palace as an assistant, and Popovic reveals he is relishing the opportunity that has been handed to him.

"Certainly it's a great challenge, but one that I can handle," he said according to the Sydney Morning Herald. "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 prepared.

"That's the challenge we face."

Popovic admitted he couldn't resist the chance to return to where he began his career at, and was thankful his previous employers were willing to part ways with him amicably.

"Buidling something from scratch... coming out to the west where I started my football was an opportunity that was very hard to turn down," he added.

"I have a lot of respect for my former club Crystal Palace. They really backed me on this decision. Once they gave me the all clear, it was a pretty easy decision."

West Sydney's introduction to the A-League means the number of teams in the competition is now back to 10, after Gold Coast United's license was revoked in February by the Football Federation Australia.

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