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    Tony Popovic Named A-League Coach Of The Year, Covic Goalkeeper Of The Year


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    At the A-League Awards ceremony held in Sydney tonight Tony Popovic was named Coach Of The Year.

     

    His award came on the back of his creation of the Western Sydney Wanderers inaugural squad, followed by leading the club to it's first ever silverware, the Premiers Plate, as well as the upcoming A-League Grand Final. Results such as a stirring away performance to win 1-0 against Central Coast, the 13 game unbeaten streak which included an Australian National League record 10 straight victories, and defeating defending champions the Brisbane Roar four times.

     

    It is a well deserved award for the hard work and dedication, as well as sheer talent Popovic brought to this vital role.

     

    Ante Covic was named Goalkeeper Of The Year.

     

    After being rejected by Melbourne Victory despite winning their club player of the year award, the evergreen Covic at the age of 37 undertook a journey into the unknown to join the Wanderers as their first choice goalkeeper. His contribution has been outstanding and critical to the success of the club. Examples of this include the fact that he has yet to concede a penalty, saving four over the course of the season.

     

    His heroics are clearly deserving of the award and having re-signed for next season, all the supporters will be hoping he has one last performance in the Grand Final to come, followed by another season of wonderful goalkeeping in the 2013/14 season.

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    Now we need to do what it takes to keep him here at WSW.

    Not sure how long he's contracted here but I can imagine the attention he will be getting from overseas club once the season ends.

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    Hes here for 4 years contract (or was it 5)

     

    But, hope we can still have him for the 3rd season at least.

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    Now we need to do what it takes to keep him here at WSW.

    Not sure how long he's contracted here but I can imagine the attention he will be getting from overseas club once the season ends.

    I'm sure he's on a 4 year contract, and by the looks of it, he's in for the long term and will stick around for the 4 years.

    I hope so anyway!

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    I could've sworn it was a 5 year contract. Maybe I just hope it is haha

    King Popa!

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    We'll be lucky if we can keep him for close to that long. Man is hot stuff atm.

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    and i believe in the off season he is goin to europe to get some more coaching training, we are proud of popa and in general australia has lifted its game in the coaching department. I see in the near future our socceroos being coached by an Australian coach.

    In Popa we have always trusted!!

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    Build a team from the back. Says it all. Well done Popa and Covic.

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    lol how angry will the smurfs be. Rojas destroyed ADP in the best player vote. 

    Well done Popa and Covic. Clearly winners or their respective awards.

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    lol how angry will the smurfs be. Rojas destroyed ADP in the best player vote.

    Well done Popa and Covic. Clearly winners or their respective awards.

    +1

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    It had to be Popa.

     

    Well done.

     

    I was also impressed by Arnie, Ange and Ali Edwards.

     

    Jury is still out on Mulvey.

     

    Well done Ante

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    Shinji was robbed.

     

    FLores' goal was goal of the year????

     

    Shinji's goal v Melbournce Victory was a lot better than that! (or half of the goals from Brockie!)

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    Congratulations to Popa and Ante, it's been an unbelievable debut season and if we indeed win the Grand final on Sunday I can't wait for the book and the movie to hit the shelves !! 

    Popa will stay for another 2 seasons as he admits himself he is still very raw and just learning the job, if he does move I wouldn't be surprised if he went to japan.

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    My favourite Popa moment was in the lead up to the game in Gosford when Arnie was being Arnie and in an interview someone asked about the mind games Arnie was playing having an impact.

     

    Popas reply

     

    *surprised face

     

    "Really, Oh! I don't know about that, i'm only new to this coaching thing, i wouldn't know about the mind games yet"

     

    Pure Popa! Pure Awesome!

     

    Well deserved recognition.

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    Congrats to both ante and popa.

     

    As others have said, popa was signed to a 4 year contract

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    What do you guys think of the goal of the year?

    Personally I think shinjis 'double juggle' goal should have won. But I'm probably a bit biased.....

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    Well deserved recogition of the amazing job that Popa has done this season. And Covic's award was equally deserved.

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