Tony Popovic is set to receive a mixed reception from Western Sydney fans on Sunday but the Perth Glory coach may find himself treated to more hostility in future years, should he move to his former club’s soon-to-be rivals, Macarthur South West Sydney.
The Sun-Herald understands the A-League newcomers have turned their attention towards signing Popovic as their inaugural coach in 2020 when he will have a clause to leave Perth but Macarthur South West Sydney are set to face plenty of competition for his signature.
The 45-year-old coach is already on the cusp of winning a second A-League premiership. It would be the first for the Glory, who have stormed to a commanding nine-point lead with just eight games to play.
Popovic has swept almost all before him thus far this season, losing just once so far in his return to the A-League after his ill-fated move to Turkish club Karabukspor. However, it may not be long before he is packing his bags once more with sources close to Popovic suggesting he has already attracted two lucrative offers from abroad.