Tony Popovic: Perth Glory could be something special

The new coach spoke glowingly about the future of the club at his first press conference

Incoming coach Tony Popovic wants Perth Glory to be feared and believes the club has potential to be special during his tenure.

The 44-year-old was appointed Glory boss for the next three seasons last week, replacing Kenny Lowe - who was relieved of his position after failing to qualify for the A-League finals.

Speaking in his first press conference as coach, Popovic revealed the thoughts he had about Glory while he was at Western Sydney Wanderers and spoke about his vision for the club's future.

"I feel [Perth Glory] has always had the potential," Popovic said.

"As an opposing coach, looking at Perth in the back of my mind, [I've been] thinking there is a lot of potential here. This could could one day be something special.

"Hopefully we can get it on the right path to be not only successful in one-off season but be a club that is challenging regularly for honours."

Popovic is no stranger to winning honours. After beginning as the inaugural coach of the Wanderers in 2011, he lifted the Asian Champions League trophy in 2014, while also winning an A-League premiership and qualifying for three grand finals.

When asked about how he would improve the Glory, Popovic explained his wish to make nib Stadium a fortress, but also improve the team's traditionally poor form away from home.

"They're a team who is always hard to beat in Perth - whether that's been consistent or not is another issue. That's something we want to do - make it difficult for teams to come here and take points," he said.

"[We want to be] a team that people fear here in the west and then be a team that can travel and actually get points away from home - which has been a problem over the years.

"It's not easy to have success. If it was that simple then everyone would win titles. So that's something the club hasn't had in the A-League but certainly had it in the old NSL."

Popovic joined the Glory after a six-month break from the game following his sacking from Turkish side Karabukspor.

The former Socceroo was dismissed after only 11 games in charge of the Super Lig side, who he joined after leaving the Wanderers at the start of the recent A-League season.







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