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  1. 30 points
    My thoughts: - Gutted at the news, one of those managers that we will only know what we have lost when we see how the replacement can fill the gap. I knew it would happen in the next 12 months but now? - Popa abandoned us? Did we have the same attitude to players like Jamo or Bridge or NTS who left late in season 4, then due to the salary cap were never able to be properly replaced? - Press Conference: Was it me or did JT look pretty pissed? Interesting to hear that Popa still isn't sure whether he made the right decision but said his gut told him to go. Must be hard to leave the comfort zone of a place like WSW. - I understand the disappointment on the timing. When is the perfect time to leave? Before the start of the season? 4 weeks in? Halfway through? What if he left when he left with 1/3 of the season to go, nobody to bring in and we fall apart with a run into the final 1/3? The perfect time would be to leave at the end of season 5 but why would he leave without the guarantee of a job and earning a couple of mil at WSW? The timing was always going depend on a management offer. My perspective: The squad is well prepared and we have recruited very well. Not perfect for every manager but up to club to decide on what direction they want to take the club forward, with Gombau we'd see a very different WSW whereas with AM it will be very much a continuity. - Another part of the disappointment was the players weren't told. Popa made the decision late this morning, was he supposed to call all the players himself? Or call all the players to Doonside on their day off? Was the decision made by him to have the presser? Once he made the decision on Turkey, I assume the club was the one that wanted the the press conference straight away? Without the full facts, shouldn't jump to conclusions. - The important part of the presser was that he was given certain assurances by the owner that he would be given control at the club. I assume this is what he was waiting for, concrete offer, his conditions and on his terms. Who knows when the next opportunity will come up? @lloydy136 said it brilliantly too about his ambition. He has been waiting on a concrete offer to come from Europe to move on, talk happens through intermediaries all the time (rumours) but it is never anything until it is in writing. It is obvious that he has wanted to take his career to the next level by testing himself in Europe in a tough league and Turkey is a cut throat place. I feel this team is perfect for him, expectations are low but the reward of keeping them up are huge. The focus will be on tightening up the defence and getting results, something that I think that is a Popa strength & a perfect stepping stone in 1-2 years to another challenge. - Rumours on backroom staff: First it was Kalac, then it was all of them and then I heard all the players were told of the decision that he was leaving. What do you believe? Who is telling who what? There is so much rumour and speculation, but unless it comes from the club or straight from the horses mouth (Taurus') I'm less inclined to believe random stories or rumours. We all know how easy it is to start and spread rumours (remember Klose?) - Those complaining at Crook? He is interim manager (another one of those rumours that nobody seems to know whether it has legs), not one for the rest of the year but one until a manager can be appointed. Processes and structures are in place, most likely just continue with status quo and you'd imagine that it won't take long for the process to get started then bring in another manager. - The diatribe on social media is a disgrace. Instead of celebrating a great managers career at our club many only can only focus on the negatives. Not a surprise that this is coming from the same mob that has been whinging that they've wanted Popa out since season 1 or 2. You look at the achievements over his 5 years at WSW and instead of looking back with fondness at what he has done for our club, it has been met with hostility. Many don't agree with his methods or his way, but you can't argue with his results on and off the field. WSW was never Popa FC, but without his commitment and dedication we would never be where we are today. Questions will always be asked about not winning an Australian grand final at three attempts, interactions with certain players and some dour periods in those 5 years but that is not a discussion for now. We should look back on our on field success such as our first year, starting the squad from scratch and being champions (first past the post) or the ACL campaign won in 2014. Don't forget the the strong results that saw us finish 2nd in season 2 and 4 and reach grand finals in season 1, 3 and 4 which contributed to our strong off field growth including hitting 20,000 members, moving to a brand new stadium in 2019, starting a new academy and establishing a stable well run football club. Was it all Popa? No of course not, but you have to pay credit to him and the massive role played in our club over the past 5 years. Bravo Popa, you will be missed and all the best in Turkey
  2. 29 points
    Very shocked at this news, whereas totally unsurprised from the nuckles who are launching into Popa on social media. The timing is awful in terms of entering 17/18 season, yes...however we have had one of the most stable and steady pre-seasons in our (short) history (arguably alongside Season 2). The club is in the semis of the FFA Cup, we have a new marquee striker who is scoring goals and whilst sometimes we've struggled we've won all bar one of our pre-season matches. Assuming (and this is a big assumption I admit) that the squad we have doesn't have to adapt to any major tactical changes or instructional changes in the early part of the season then I think we can be relatively positive about our chances. As for Popa leaving to go to Turkey, it's a bold move and obviously one fraught with some career dangers. However he has already achieved greatness with the Wanderers and is now doing something almost no other domestic coach has done (Ange is the only other one right?). Will he survive, prosper, find another opportunity from here on? I don't know. However let's put it into perspective...a certain Mansion loving twat east of South Dowling Street failed miserably when given a chance to do what he could in the J-League, so Popa has already surpassed that nong just by getting into a UEFA comp club. As for the hysterical, hypocritical whinging and whining...I'd love to see how many of these asparagus tarzans follow through on applying their BS logic about Popa leaving to their own personal careers. The man has given five years of his life to the Wanderers (his employer) and whilst obviously he has been well remunerated for his time he has every right to look for and take more rewarding opportunities when they present themselves. I would bet London to a brick that if any of us who were in a similar position in our work lives were given the opportunity would do exactly what he has done. I know myself I've made career and life choices that well self-centred and aimed at improving my circumstances and/or fitting into my personal agenda...the only people who mattered at those moments were me and my immediate family. I may have regretted leaving a company and some co-workers, but ultimately they have their own personal agendas, personal desires and needs and they haven't always agreed with mine. So in other words all you toy throwing toddlers, grow up and deal with it, unless you are willing to hold yourself to the exact same standards you are projecting onto Popa. And a very big serve of grow the fück up to the Popa Out twats who are now bitching about him leaving. Football is not a fairy tale with unicorns and rainbows and everyone living in peace and harmony so that the fans can have a wankfest every waking moment. It's a business with politics and egos and those who project some kind of perverse utopian vision of how they think the sport should operate because they want it to fulfill their own dreams onto people like Popa will always struggle to cope with reality. Good luck to Popa and here's hoping he and the Wanderers can continue to be as successful as we have been since our very bloody inauspicious launch over 5 years ago. Let's move forward with respect for the past and Popa's achievements, but also with hope and excitement for the future.
  3. 28 points
    hughsey

    Popovic Abandons WSW On Brink Of Season

    I had the priveledge of watching Popa do his thing at training over a long period of time and for me every coach we have will always be compared to him. He'll always be the original. He embodied the culture of the West. He achieved something that I don't believe will ever be replicated by any Australian club. He did it with minimal resources or funds and he did it by squeezing every ounce of effort from his players through honest, hard work. It's not ideal timing but as far as I'm concerned he's earnt the right to follow his dreams. He keeps his cards close to his chest but I can guarantee that WSW will always be in Popa's heart. He's played one of the biggest roles in building the club we all love and relate to. For every heartbreak, he bought us the greatest of joys and he made us all dream and believe. So many memories I have from our first 5 years under his reign will forever be some of the happiest times of my life. At the end of the day, it may be just sport but it's really confronting at just how sad it is to see him go. Bravo Popa, what a bloody legend. King of the West!!
  4. 23 points
    I'm shattered by this news today. A week out from the start of the season? Tough for the club, but as stated previously, the offer only came through last night and it was a challenge that Popa wanted to accept. He's taken on the role of a struggling club 7 games into their season. I can't begrudge him for chasing his dreams. I'd just like to take this opportunity to thank Popa for his service to this club. 4 finals series in 5 years. 3 grand finals. A Premiers Plate and **** me......an Asian Champions League title!!! The best, most boisterous fan base in the league. If any of us were given this scenario when we started as a club 5 years ago, and were told that this success is contingent on Popa leaving the club on the eve of season 6, I know what we all would have voted for. Good luck Popa. You will always be a legend and hero in my eye's and I cannot thank you enough for the stamp you have put on this club, the heights you raised us to, and the unsolicited loyalty I now have to the Red and Black. All the best champ. PS. **** me, there are some douche bags on social media. Go support the latte side of town you ****wits.
  5. 22 points
    stavup

    Popovic Abandons WSW On Brink Of Season

    Farewell Popa, great ambassador of football in Australia. I really cant believe how people are smashing him on social media..Piss ants.. I thank the guy for being so genuine and a man of high integrity who did so much for this club. This day was always coming and I greet it with a sense of pride and gratitude. I wish papa all the best in everything he does.I also believe that Ante Milicic, was very instrumental in our success and I hope this man finds his way back to WSW.. Thanks again Popa
  6. 21 points
    Good to see a decision has been made. He's got a tough gig, let's get behind him!
  7. 20 points
    No one did more to take us from our embryonic stage, awkwardly parading Mooy, Appiah and Elrich and getting changed in offices, to where we are now, the only Aussie team to win the ACL, the second most members in the league (despite a seven year disadvantage), and an entity that strikes fear into the heart of the afl's laughable attempts to conquer Western Sydney. No one did more to give us so many memorable moments...I can't even begin to imagine how much of a toll being our manager over five years would have taken...hell, just take a look at his hair loss. Not to mention putting up with the minority of dickheads turning up to training with stupid banners. Sometimes you need a change, and no-one can begrudge him that after five years. The timing isn't great, but without him we would have a lot worse problems than having to find a new manager. I think people underestimate how important success in that first season was...it could all have fizzled out if we were just making up the numbers. No matter what happens from now on, he will always be the most important manager this club ever had. I really hope it goes well for him in Turkey, and hopefully we'll see him climbing the European managerial ladders soon.
  8. 19 points
    btron3000

    Foxe's Men Hunt Down Glory

    Apart from the awesome play of the Spaniards, I love their attitude. Riera was the one pumping the boys up when everyone's head had dropped after Blacktown's second, Llorente gets up and down the field all day and spent ages shaking the hands of fans and taking photos. Cejudo - well he was arguing with the ref about going off the far side when he got replaced and then he walked along the line with one foot in the field and waved the ref away when he told him to walk outside the pitch. haha good westie style distaste for authority.
  9. 18 points
    EmMac

    Foxe's Men Hunt Down Glory

    We were okay...............i guess. If well timed passing, genuine talent, actual skill, cohesive teamwork and passion on the field is your kinda thing
  10. 18 points
    I dig Llorente
  11. 18 points
    Crook doesn't want to be head coach. His calling is the youth academy. He is stepping up because he has to. Foxe is with the players every day since he has been a part of the coaching team for the last few years. Makes sense for him to take over in the interim. I don't know what people expected? It was always going to be either of them since they are within the structure. WSW as a club aren't going to get some random to come in as an interim. The club has stronger foundations than that. Hence why they are most likely talking to Milicic. Bring him back to what he started and now he has the no.1 job. He knows what is required and understands the club. Its the smart choice. Lets not forget, the reason why Ante came to WSW is because Heart chose Aloisi over him. He wanted no.1 but helped his mate out to establish WSW. It got him the assistant national job but his aspirations you would think would still to be a head coach.
  12. 17 points
  13. 17 points
    ManfredSchaefer

    Foxe's Men Hunt Down Glory

    Tonight was brilliant, and for the first time I think we turned Soulless into our home. Obviously the majority of the football played by the team was attractive, effective, free-flowing and a big deviation from what felt like the norm for a few seasons. Others have spoken about the qualities of individual players, however for me it was all down to Los Trios Roja y Negros...Oriel, Cejudo and especially Raul were on fuego! I must've missed Roly's best work because he seemed a little shy of shoot faerken, and Herd was a rock. Captain Corny was also on song. However what really made the night was the manner in which the football gods and goddesses let the sport and the community take centre stage. The ref was unobtrusive and can't honestly think of him either screwing us or Glory. The oppo played hard and at times threatened but they were more enthusiastic than capable. Then there was the support...after all the crap that active support has been through and in some respects created for itself last season, being in the RBB (with a visit from the WST crew too) was simply brilliant. Passion, pride, good fun and zero BS that overshadows the club and the efforts on pitch. The only downer was the heat transfer machine at the merch stand near the kids area broke down so I have to wait for my Cornthwaite customisation. Oh and a big thumbs up to the Club Steward who got the fat secco to climb down from hassling the RBB guys around Boris. Classroom Management Technique 101...chose the stinks you want to battle, and make sure that if you do act the benefit outweighs the problems.
  14. 17 points
    Timing stinks, but also a sense of perspective here. No one person is bigger than WSW, that certainly includes Popa and this has left us in a precarious position for sure, BUT did Popa kick on from the first few seasons, not really. He won one of the biggest trophies on offer with the ACL and we will be eternally thankful but I was growing increasingly frustrated with some of his tactics. This seasons build up looked to be offering something more stable and better, but then there were also hints of the same old issues creeping in, just maybe but we will never know. We have recruited well still, whoever comes in will be taking over the biggest club in the HAL and the best supporters, time to look to the future and build something new. All the best Popa, thanks for the memories...now lets kick on....exciting times still I think....a new era is dawning.
  15. 17 points
    Thats what i like about you lloydy. Always a bright side.
  16. 16 points
    wanderersfanatic

    Foxe's Men Hunt Down Glory

    Where can I start?? - We can now shoot *****.. - Players seem to be allowed now to shoot outside the box.. - Jumpei has figured out how to cut in left.. - We are going forward in attack, we're not just moving the ball around the back.. - We have good attacking ball movement - Our CF is winning aerial battles Raul Llorente is Polenz 2.0, can defend and make plays - We have a coach that's not afraid to play our best players as starting 11 -Vedran playing like ACL Covic Have I missed anything?
  17. 16 points
    We were missing - our first choice CB and captain (Cornthwaite). - our first choice left back (Llorente). - our first choice winger (Cejudo). - our first choice central midfielder to partner Baccus (Herd). Of the starting 11 tonight, there were 5 that won't be there when we are full strength. Throw in Bridge and Santa off the bench and we'll be right. Just relax ffs
  18. 15 points
    FCB

    Foxe's Men Hunt Down Glory

    Lots of firsts: changed RBB entrance, just to confuse me police almost invisible LaBanda man as capo a WDWSF with the WST (WOT?) the WST capo in the RBB capo stand (WOT?) a game without Popa a win for an incoming manager on debut a Rd1 win Hamill's first competent game as RB ever? Bridgey at Spotless an almost invisible, competent ref Regarding the game: All five imports were excellent, as was the whole team as much as I love Jamo: Raul may just have produced the best LB performance for WSW ever; Jack Clisby ain't going to play much this season should have finished off the game in the first 15 mins of second half; but were lucky that Keogh missed a sitter in the first half The West of WSW were excellent especially once Andreu came on; with Nichols they'll be a handful compare our GK and CBs performance with that of Redders, Cornflakes and Borda same time last year - a different league Keep em coming, boys!
  19. 15 points
    luisenrique

    Foxe's Men Hunt Down Glory

    The Spaniards are making me question my sexuality.
  20. 15 points
    matty

    Foxe's Men Hunt Down Glory

    Whatever your thoughts on Popa, he absolutely nailed recruitment this off season - credit to him, cheers Popa
  21. 15 points
    Davo

    Foxe's Men Hunt Down Glory

    He also kicked over Reddy's water bottle in the goal as he walked past. He gets it.
  22. 15 points
    All the best to Popa on his journey to Europe, will be watching closely on beIN Sports to see how things go. Popa's drive and ambition has taken this club to Asian Champions League glory, and for that I will be eternally grateful. I wish Popa all the same and more abroad.
  23. 15 points
    Ante Covic
  24. 15 points
    Maybe it's because I deal with this sort of thing regularly, but I don't get why people (not here, on Facebook, twitter) are getting mad at Popa about timing. Even if it's totally his choice, so what? You can't control when these opportunities come up. Most people would not turn down a job they want because of timing. Also, it's the bloody #popaout knobs going on about it. Anything to have a whinge. Popa era was great. Hopefully the next one is just as good. Milicic or Gombau for me.
  25. 14 points
    btron3000

    Foxe's Men Hunt Down Glory

    Michael Thwaite tried a bicycle kick. Doesn't get much more fun than that! haha But yeah, some of the interplay up front was awesome to watch. A centre forward that can hold the ball up with a bunch of attacking mids that can turn their men and play short passes. Backed up by Herd and Bacuus, supported by Risdon and Llorente. All with the RBB and WST getting along and doing call and response. wooohoo
  26. 14 points
    Very happy to see the RBB and WEST working together ??
  27. 14 points
    My biggest concern is who is going to deliver my pizzas with hayden foxe out of the country.
  28. 14 points
    Summary of reaction from social media muppets..... 'I have been carrying on with popaout for 2 years but now i can't believe he would do this right before the season what a dog he is supposed to go when i say not when he wants to.' ****wits.
  29. 13 points
    nicknova

    Foxe's Men Hunt Down Glory

    Basically said that whatever differences were had they have all been quashed now and we will work together in supporting the team.Hopefully this means a unified away days contingent! P.S. That WDWSF with WST FULLY ACROSS the pitch was stuff erections are made of.
  30. 13 points
    Hamil giveth...Hamil taketh away...
  31. 13 points
    Isn't Bulut playing in Turkey at the moment
  32. 13 points
    Sotirio to Turkey?
  33. 12 points
    6 inches can make all the difference
  34. 12 points
    mack

    Foxe's Men Hunt Down Glory

  35. 12 points
    octa9ona11

    Foxe's Men Hunt Down Glory

    Llorente, a wsw fullback with a pony tail..last time we had one of those he was a beast and Raul looks to be the goods. Cejudo and Riera together were enough to make me buckle at the knees. Throw in Roly and Baccus and that was me done...and we still have Risdon to return and King Bridge is back! It's all too much for me to handle. Good things to come from Herd I feel too. There is literally not a single weak position this year. In fact, id say there is 2 players for every position that would still make up a competitive side.
  36. 12 points
    Yep agree. Happy to have foxe/crook handle things for as long as needed. This next appointment is critical. Clubs generally find it very very difficult when a long term successful manager leaves a club - it can take months to recover and stabilise - think the victory after merrick left. Sometimes the club never recovers - think charlton after curbishley left. Folks need to stay calm and not over react if we have a couple of dodgey results with foxe. Club has to play the long game here - a lot rides on the decision. I like that we are staying in house with foxe in the interim and hope we go with milicic and rudan as his assistant for the same reasons, with perhaps a new spanish coach to fill the carrasco role.
  37. 12 points
    sunny 28 degrees lovely afternoon to start the season looking forward to it and some king Kenny sideline antics mack or Taurus on the sideline calling the shots - at this late stage it seems the right choice! If not available maybe jayzko - would love to see a post game presser with him
  38. 12 points
    I'm glad Robbie's here. Times like these you need the experienced guys to step up. Especially at the back. The attackers can do what they please, but the defenders and especially midfielders need to keep their heads and keep to their tasks.
  39. 12 points
    Mack so brutal in your updated title thread you called for his head for years and now a man who has given wsw a tremendous first 5 years and best you can say is abandon
  40. 11 points
    They played us perfectly and set the template for other teams to follow. They flooded midfield with numbers to make it hard for us to do our short passing game. They tactically fouled and looked to draw as many fouls as possible themselves to break up play and slow the game down. It worked. Horrendous mistake from janjetovic was very costly because we were in control up to that point. On a side note hoole is a massive ****wit.
  41. 11 points
  42. 11 points
    FCB

    Foxe's Men Hunt Down Glory

    Or tears in eyes. There were people next to me who gasped in disbelief when the WST responded. A unified terrace in the NSW away games would be quite something. Test run in less than two weeks.
  43. 11 points
    i never really thought mark bosnich and fitness
  44. 11 points
    He'll beat Arnie to one too, despite their invincib...oh wait.
  45. 11 points
    I'm in the thanks popa you've earned it club. I've enjoyed almost every minute of it - ill never forget the ACL final and being outside the town hall. My regret is I didn't to the Airport. My only concern would be if there are any players he might take in the January window. I guess we can worry about that down the track.
  46. 11 points
    Just a bit surreal, down there Saturday with the boy getting his shirt signed by squad, Popa in the middle, team photo and all that then this!, ah well king is dead long live the king, thanks and all the best Popa. Good to hear that a long list of applicants are pouring in, more choice the better, wonder what the split is, Australian, Asian, European, South America, who are these coaches?, I'll guess we'll never know. i would not be disappointed if this takes up to two or three weeks at most to get someone appointed, due diligence in sorting the time wasters from the genuine contenders is critical here. Also wonder if Popa has left any input on his successor from his little black book, would it be taken? One thing stands out though, we must turn up against Perth with full stands in full voice firstly to back the team and let them know we are behind them, and make onlooking candidates think " By crikey i really want that job!"
  47. 11 points
    Popa got the offer last night and accepted this morning. JT and the club had an agreement with Popa that they'd let him leave his contract if the right offer came up. Popa didn't confirm that he'd had any offers in the past although implied that he had, but was only interested in working in Europe and wouldn't accept offers in Asia. Popa hasn't had a chance to talk to the players yet as it's all been so sudden. JT said they've already been inundated with applicants but wouldn't discuss front runners or interim manager. Just said they will take the time needed to get the decision right. Wouldn't confirm that the whole coaching support staff are leaving although made it sound like it would be the case. When asked about WSW players who signed to play for Popa and whether he'd consider taking them with him, Popa dodged the question and JT sarcastically said "thanks for that" to the journalist.
  48. 11 points
    Careful what you wish for team #popaout.......
  49. 10 points
    lloydy136

    Popovic Abandons WSW On Brink Of Season

    If it was leeds i would have said decades to recover
  50. 10 points
    Well sure, i don't know whats gone on. I personally think the timing is awful. Which of course doesnt negate his magnificient contribution to the club. Happy to clarify that.


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