Former Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has been reportedly sacked by his new Turkish club.
Former Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has been reportedly sacked by his new Turkish club.

Popovic sensationally sacked by Turkish club

THE brief foray into European coaching of Tony Popovic appears to be over, with his Turkish club Karabukspor believed to be in the process of sacking the former Wanderers head coach in the wake of another defeat.

Though its understood that Popovic himself has not been told officially, Turkish media are carrying reports that he will part ways with the club on Friday (European time).

Karabukspor lost in the Turkish Cup early on Friday (AEST), seemingly prompting incoming president Ziya Ünsal to act.

Popovic had hoped to survive into the January window to get reinforcements in during the transfer window, but has won only one league game since arriving in October. Karabukspor are six points adrift at the foot of the Turkish Supa League.

Popovic quit the Wanderers on the eve of the A-League season, to take up the chance to become the first Australian to coach in Europe, despite Karabukspor’s record of churning through eight coaches in 32 clubs.

As the Daily Telegraph reports today, the club is in turmoil with the entire board, president and sporting director walking out days after Popovic arrived from the Wanderers.

Only at the fourth attempt was the club able to elect a new board, but it has crippling debts and a number of players have complained to the Turkish FA and FIFA that they have not been paid for weeks.

Assuming the end comes to today it will mark a tenure of just over two months, compared with five and a half years at Western Sydney. The challenge for Popovic will lie in securing the financial balance of his contract, with Turkish clubs notorious for not honouring payouts.



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