Roly Bonevacia left wandering after Tony Popovic's abrupt departure

The Western Sydney attacker was left disappointed after seeing the man who recruited him leave last season

After three seasons in the A-League with Wellington Phoenix, Roly Bonevacia was ready to walk away from the competition before Tony Popovic came calling.

The then Western Sydney Wanderers coach was in need of some midfield reinforcements and the Dutchman was ready to shine under Popovic's disciplined approach as he signed a two-year deal. 

But just as Bonevacia was preparing for a tough but hopefully successful season in Western Sydney, the man that brought him to the club abruptly left.

Popovic jumping at the chance to coach in Turkey and leaving Bonevacia behind. 

"I was not going to stay in the league until I signed here...Popovic convinced me to stay for one more season with him and win things and then leave after," Bonevacia told Goal

"I stayed and he left, so that was a big disappointment for me.

"The reason I’m still here is mainly because of him. Before I came here, I heard great things about him."

Tony Popovic Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC A-League 18022017

With Popovic gone, Bonevacia was left to work under Josep Gombau with the Spaniard ultimately parting ways with the Wanderers at the end of the season.

Bonevacia was one of a number of players that reportedly fell out with Gombau and the 26-year-old is now desperate to turn over a new leaf at the club. 

"Few things (with Gombau) but it’s now done," he said.

"Last season wasn’t good but now I look forward to winning things again with the team and being near the top of the league."

Enjoying his first few months working under new coach Markus Babbel, Bonevacia scored the winner in the Wanderers narrow 4-3 win in the FFA Cup Round of 32. 


Hungry for succes! 🔴⚫️

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Set for his fifth A-League season after switching over from the Eredivisie where he played for Ajax, NAC Brada and Roda JC, the midfielder revealed he doesn't intend to return to play in the Netherlands after being treated poorly.

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"My plan is not to go back to be honest because they gave me no respect over there," he said. 

"Most players who have been there and left would say the same thing.

"I’m happy here in this part of the world."