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.