Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has quit the club to take up a coaching role with Turkish Super Lig side Karabukspor only seven days before the start of the A-League season.
The news broke on Sunday morning - barely 24 hours after Popovic attended the club's family day and posed for photos.
Who would have thought? Took this photo of WSW coach Tony Popovic & CEO John Tsatsimas at season launch yesterday.Poppa now going to Turkey? pic.twitter.com/5sCFXWZieB — Andy Paschalidis (@AndyPaschalidis) October 1, 2017
Karabukspor are currenly sitting third-last in Turkey's top flight and Popovic faces a battle to help the club avoid relegation this season.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Popovic had a handshake agreement with Wanderers chairman Paul Lederer to leave the club if the right offer came along.
The 44-year-old departs having won the Asian Champions League in 2014, and also clinching the A-League premiers plate in the club's inaugural season.
However the championship eluded Popovic, with the club losing three A-League grand finals in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
The Wanderers have not yet decided on a replacement ahead of next Sunday's round one clash against Perth Glory, but it's believed assistant coach Ante Milicic will feature in discussions.