For the 2nd time in his coaching occupation, ex-Socceroo Tony Popovic has discovered himself ruthlessly terminated from a job in Europe after appropriate 9 fits on the helm.
Greek 2nd division outfit Xanthi FC announced they’d disregarded Popovic appropriate 9 games in to the season, with the club fifth on the ladder after a bustle of three wins of their past four fixtures.
His dismissal follows ex-Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat getting the sack from Belgian top tier aspect Sint-Truiden in December after appropriate 14 games responsible.
Popovic, who has enjoyed huge success as a head coach in the A-League, has now twice failed to attain 10 league fits in a coaching impartial in Europe after an sick-fated stint in Turkey with Karabukspor in 2017.
While Harry Kewell remains responsible of English League Two aspect Oldham, ex-Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou stated there might per chance be not any question Australians are judged harsher in coaching roles in any other nation than other nationalities.
“Having that Australian passport methodology we grasp to launch on the backside,” the J-League successful coach told Optus Sport.
“I do know that is never any longer going to deter the likes of Popa and Muscy and I truly grasp no question they’ll at final work their methodology up.
“They’ve the years sooner than them. I will be huge gratified to seem them in the future coaching on the ideally suited stage.”
While Muscat might per chance be hopeful his yarn in the course of his six-season spell responsible of Victory will land him any other likelihood in Europe, the future is less clear for Popovic.
Having returned to Australia after his Turkish nightmare, Popovic rebuilt his fame at Perth Glory, landing the club an inaugural A-League premiership in 2018-19 and any other finals look the following season.
Popovic’s exit furthermore casts doubt over a various Australian avid gamers who followed the feeble defender to Xanthi under Greek-Australian club owner Bill Papas’ stated intention to compose the club a pathway to Europe for A-League talent.
As properly as his teenage sons Kristian and Gabriel, Popovic signed fringe Socceroos Josh Brillante and Matt Jurman and feeble A-League avid gamers Paul Izzo and Callan Elliot following his arrival at Xanthi in September.
Popovic sacked by Greek club Xanthi