Former Wanderers coach Popovic headed to Perth: report

Former Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic is reportedly returning to the A-League to be head coach of Perth Glory.

According to the West Australian, Popovic is set to be announced as the Glory's new coach next week despite having been linked with a return to the Wanderers.

A new start: Tony Popovic is reportedly heading to Perth.

The speculation about Popovic and his old club gained pace when the western Sydney club parted ways with Josep Gombau in April but he now appears to be heading further west.

The 44-year-old Popovic finished his playing career with Sydney FC before moving into a coaching role at the club and then travelling back to England to link up with his former side Crystal Palace.

He got his first chance at the top job when he was named the inaugural manager of Wanderers in 2012.

His time in red and black was a huge success, lifting the Premier's Plate in his first season, and the Asian Champions League title the following year, along with three grand final appearances.

Popovic shocked the club by resigning in October last year to join Turkish club Karabükspor but only lasted nine games with the Süper Lig side before being sacked in December.

Speculation was rife that he would re-join his old side if things didn't work out with Gombau. However, he is instead poised to take over from Kenny Lowe at a Perth side that finished a disappointing eighth despite boasting some of the most impressive talents in the league such as Andy Keogh, Diego Castro and the now-departed Adam Taggart.

The Glory have already begun to re-jig their playing roster for the 2018-19 season. In addition to the departure of Taggart the club has released Joseph Mills, Andreu Guerao and Jeremy Walker while extending the contract of midfielder Neil Kilkenny.

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