Western Sydney Wanderers have announced coach Tony Popovic will be rotated out of the Head Coach position, with assistant coach Ian Crook to be brought in, after the Wanderers winless start to the A-League season continued on Saturday night.
Following Adelaide United’s dominating performance over the Wanderers at Coopers Stadium, a spokesperson for the western Sydney club told reporters that despite the club’s recent triumph in the Asian Champions League, Popovic will be rotated, in order to refresh him for the latter half of the A-League season, and bring fresh tactics to the team’s performance.
“Tony will be rotated out for Ian for the next several matches, including the upcoming Club World Cup clash against Cruz Azul.
“We don’t want this to be an indication that we’re displeased in any way with Tony or the team’s performance, despite what some may say is statistically one of the worst performances in A-League history against Adelaide on top of being 19 points off the league leader. We simply want to change things up tactically. We’ve said all season the team is playing well and not getting the victories it deserves.”
Ian Crook wasn’t available for comment, but a club insider told FMF that Crook was relishing the chance to take the reins of the club.
“While some may be concerned that Ian is being thrown into the deep end, we feel he is more than capable of handling the pressure of taking the team to Morocco.”