â€śSydney FC has helped Tony to develop quickly. He is one of Australiaâ€™s most talented up-and-coming coaches. This has been clearly recognised by Crystal Palace.
â€śWe consider this as a fantastic next step for Tony and we wish him well in his further development. We are confident that he will benefit from the overseas experience so that we may one day welcome him back to Sydney FC.
â€śWith Tony returning to Crystal Palace it strengthens our already good relationship with the club. They were very cooperative when we signed Nick Carle last year.â€ť
Popovic played 123 games for Crystal Palace between 2001 and 2006.
â€śI have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Sydney FC as both a player and assistant coach. I have learnt a lot and working under Vitja for the past two years has been excellent for me. I will remember very fondly what we achieved in the A-League last season,â€ť Popovic said.
â€śThis is a great opportunity for me. It will help me further enhance my skill set as I work hard towards becoming the best coach I can be.â€ť
Sydney coach Vitezslav Lavicka said Popovic was a true professional.
â€śTony is a very good person, a true professional. He will have a long and successful future as a manager. It is sad for us but this is a great opportunity for him and I know he will do very well.
â€śWe are very happy Tony is committed to stay with us and help us as we keep pushing to reach the A-League finals this season.â€ť