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By ESPN Staff
May 14, 2012

West Syd set to appoint Popovic as coach

Tony Popovic has quit English club Crystal Palace and is poised to join the A-League's new western Sydney side as their foundation manager on a five-year deal, according to reports.

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish confirmed to English newspaper the South London Press on Monday that former Socceroo Popovic had decided to leave the club, where he is the assistant coach, to head up the western Sydney franchise.

"I've had a conversation with him last night and they have offered him a five-year deal to go," Parish said.

"We're trying to sort out the details."

A five-year deal would be the longest offered to a coach in the A-League.

An announcement is expected this week confirming Popovic's appointment at western Sydney with former Melbourne Heart assistant Ante Milicic also likely to be confirmed as deputy coach at the new club.

Popovic was also courted by Sydney FC, who on Monday promoted their youth league coach Ian Crook to the head coaching role.

The western Sydney franchise are also set to announce a team name with a series of public forums settling on Athletic, Wanderers, Strikers, Wolves and Rangers as the leading contenders with the team colours tipped to be red, black and white.

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