Popovic to stay with Western Sydney Wanderers

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Hyundai side have retained the services of head coach with a three year contract extension through the end of the 2017-18 season.

The Wanderers fought off a number of suitors for the AFC Champions League-winning coach from across Asia and Europe, offering him a contract that will make him the highest-paid manager in the league.

“I am immensely proud of the achievements of this team at our club to date but have no interest in resting with past glories,” Popovic said after the announcement of his contract renewal. “The work for next season has already begun and our aim is to get back to the top where we belong.”

Popovic’s Wanderers side struggled for consistency throughout the season despite lifting the ACL trophy last November, finishing the domestic season in second-to-last place and exiting this year’s ACL group stage behind rivals Guangzhou Evergrande and FC Seoul.

“This season we had some adversity and that can destroy you or make you stronger,” Popovic added. “Everyone will see a stronger Wanderers next season.”

The 2014 AFC Coach of the Year and former Socceroo defender has several names on his shopping list as he looks towards next season, with key Wanderers strikers Tomi Juric and Kerem Bulut both departing the club.