Western Sydney Wanderers sack coach Josep Gombau

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After missing the finals, the red and black have chosen to appoint a new coach for next season

Western Sydney Wanderers have announced coach Josep Gombau will leave the club with immediate effect.

The club publicised the decision in a three-line statement on Thursday morning, thanking the Spaniard for his six-month tenure.

Gombau was appointed Wanderers boss in November on a three-year deal, taking the reins from caretaker manager Hayden Foxe, who stood in after the shock departure of Tony Popovic to Turkey on the eve of the A-League season.

"Following a review of the season the decision has been made to appoint a new head coach for the 2018/19 season and beyond," the official statement read.

"The Wanderers would like to thank Josep for his time with the club."

Josep Gombau Western Sydney Wanderers

Inaugural coach Popovic will be a candidate to take over for next season, while ex-Central Coast manager Paul Okan is also likely to be considered.

Gombau has been under increasing pressure this campaign with the Wanderers eventually missing the finals because of a last-round loss to Adelaide United at home.

Several players have had run-ins with the 41-year-old during the season, including player of the year Oriol Riera, club favourite Brendon Santalab and Dutch midfielder Roly Bonevacia.

The Wanderers only won seven of Gombau's 22 matches in charge of the club, losing 10 and drawing five.

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