Perth Glory must build for long-term success, says Tony Popovic

The former Wanderers coach has one eye firmly on the future in Perth

Incoming Perth Glory coach Tony Popovic has stressed the club mustn't look simply for short-term success and need to build the proper foundations for years to come.

Glory finished last season in eighth with Kenny Lowe ultimately replaced by Popovic as a result after a lacklustre few seasons out west.

Having made three grand finals from his five seasons in the A-League with Western Sydney Wanderers, the 44-year-old hit the ground running with the red and black but stressed Perth can't get caught up by short term goals.

"This isn't just about can we have one good season and tick the box," Popovic said in his first press conference as Glory coach. 

"This is about building a team and a club that can be successful over a long period of time. We need to do some good planning over the short, medium and long term to achieve that.

"We want to win first and foremost and how we want to do that, we want it to be exciting, yes, but we also want to win games."

Tony Popovic Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC A-League 08102016

After an ill-fated stint in Turkey with Karabukspor, Popovic returns to Australia determined to stamp a certain style on a Glory side that has been wavering in recent seasons. 

"You'll see a difference in terms of the speed of play," he said. 

"We want to play quick, we want to play aggressive and we want to move the ball as quick as we can.

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"And to do that, players need to be at a certain level consistently to manage that.

"We have to manage conditions, we have to manage travel, we have to manage the heat. There is a lot of challenges but that's part of the reason I'm here and I'm excited by it."

Popovic's reign as Glory coach will start with a pre-season friendly against Chelsea in July at Optus Stadium.