Tony Popovic leaves Western Sydney wandering

All good things must come to an end and today marked the end of Tony Popovic’s five-year stint at the Western Sydney Wanderers. The man who has been in charge since their 2012 inception is off to Turkish Super Liga club Karabukspor. While his replacement is yet to be named, Western Sydney are a week away from beginning their 2017-18 campaign against Perth Glory. This decision has come as a shock for most A-League fans and pundits, but let’s take a look at all he accomplished as an A-League manager

  • Only three managers have coached more games at one club than Popovic’s 142 (Ricki Herbert 154 with Wellington Phoenix, Ernie Merrick 151 at Melbourne Victory, and John van’t Schip’s 144 with Melbourne City)
  • Popovic won 58 of his 142 matches giving him a winning percentage of 40.85 (the 14th highest in competition history)
  • He made his coaching debut as a 39-year-old making him the 12th youngest manager in A-League history
  • Along with John Aloisi, Popovic was the first former A-League player to become an A-League Head Coach
  • Only Graham Arnold (four) has made more Grand Finals than Tony Popovic
  • However Popovic’s three Grand Final losses is most in A-League history, Lawrie McKinna is second with two defeats
  • In 2014 Popovic led to Wanderers to become the first and only Australian team to win the Asian Champions League
  • Western Sydney’s 10 consecutive victories between January and March 2013 is the longest winning streak in A-League history
  • Western Sydney’s 12 draws last season was the most a team has recorded in an A-League season
  • The Wanderers only conceded eight goals away from home in their inaugural 2012-13 season which was only equalled last year by Sydney FC
  • Their 10 wins away from home in 2012-13 was only equalled last season by Sydney FC

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