It is understood Tony Popovic signed after last talks with Football Federation Australia bureaucrats on Wednesday, by putting the first key block in position as the team prepares to go through in the competition in year 2012/13. The meeting, believed to be on a 4-year contract, which will be announced at a press conference on Thursday at 12:00pm (AEST).
It comes after Tony Popovic leaves his job and was formally declared as assistant coach of Crystal Palace in England, plus moreover knocked back an offer from Sydney FC prior this week. The Sydney FC brings Ian Crook as its new coach on Monday.Following assistant coaching roles with Crystal Palace and Sydney FC, Popovic is place for his first head coaching post.
Tony Popovic will be charged with the significant task of making the club's team from scratch as well as will turn his instant focus to player recruitment. Former A-League player of Adelaide of the year Issey Nakajima-Farran, Carlos Hernandez, Tarek Elrich, Ali Abbas, Kasey Wehrman, Adam Griffiths, Marcos Flores, Ante Covic and Michael Thwaite, are among players to have been connected with the club.
Tony Popovic will also be capable to draw on his playing and coaching experiences playing in Asia, the Middle East and in England in recruiting a team. Sydney-born Tony Popovic initiated his playing career with Sydney United prior to spells with Sanfrecce Hiroshima of Japan, Crystal Palace, Al Arabi of Qatar and Sydney FC.
Popovic was capped 59 times for the Australia in 12 years as well as was part of Socceroos team at the 2006 World Cup in the Germany.The fresh franchise will likely wait to declare a squad name with series of the public forums which is settling on Athletic, Strikers, Wanderers, Rangers and Wolves as the leading contenders with the squad colors tipped to be black, white and red.
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