Western Sydney Wanderers FC owner Paul Lederer says he's very confident coach Tony Popovic will remain at the club beyond his current deal despite the coach's stocks rising around the world.
Popovic is in the third year of a five year deal and is one of the most sought after coaches in Australia.
And his reputation internationally has grown markedly after his side’s incredible effort against all odds to win the Asian Champions League on Sunday against Saudi club Al Hilal.
With Popovic’s former club Crystal Palace regularly linked with the ex- Socceroo defender, it’s not going to be easy to hold onto the ACL-winning boss.
But Lederer assured fans he can keep the manager at Parramatta after the five year deal is up.
“Absolutely,” he said as thousands of fans gathered at Sydney airport to welcome the Asian champions home.
“I’d keep him forever if I can. Obviously we’re good friends. Tony is very committed to this club.
“He’s a man from the West. I’m sure he will stay for a long time to come.”
Though that won’t be easy given the coach's extraordinary success in just three seasons in charge of the new club.
Lederer sees it differently, however.
“Of course it will be (easy)," he shot back.
“He’s a good friend of mine. That will be no problem at all.”
Lederer added the club was ambitious in many ways, including improving Parramatta Stadium, which currently has a capacity of around 20,000 with over 18,000 club members.
“Absolutely we want to expand the stadium,” he said. Probably to 30-35,000. Make it world class. It’s nothing less than these fans deserve.
“We have lots of plans. We want a new club house. A new training facility,” he added over the din of fans.
“There’s a lot of work to be done to bring this club to where it should be."comments