Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has laughed off Graham Arnold’s jibes labelling the club their “younger brother” and their home venue a “little shed”.
The Sky Blues coach ignited tensions during the week ahead of Saturday’s Sydney derby at Allianz Stadium with his derogatory comments towards Wanderers.
"When we go out to their little shed, it's only 19,000 out there,” Arnold said.
“It's a one-night only opportunity for Wanderers fans to come out to the big city of Sydney and also to our mansion of 45,000 people and a great atmosphere.”
However, Popovic revealed he wasn’t even aware of Arnold’s comments until informed by his staff on Friday morning and laughed them off.
“To be honest everyone has their own way of doing things,” Popovic said.
“If it wasn’t for my staff this morning I wouldn’t have even known what he said. I found out in the office this morning.
“It really doesn’t matter to us what they’re doing or what he’s saying.
“I don’t listen much to anyone. It wouldn’t really matter whether it’s Arnie or someone else. We just focus on us.”
The Wanderers boss also brushed aside Arnold’s claim that Sydney’s home ground was a “mansion” in comparison to their "little shed".
“We’re looking forward to going to Sydney FC,” he said.
“We’re looking forward to seeing our great fans who will help fill the stadium.”
Wanderers skipper Nikolai Topor-Stanley also brushed off questions about Arnold’s comments.
“They’re all fun and games,” the defender said. “He’s got his job to do and so do we. It’s all good.”comments