Former Wanders coach Tony Popovic is flanked by the club's new temporary boss Hayden Foxe (left) and Zeljko Kalac.
Former Wanders coach Tony Popovic is flanked by the club's new temporary boss Hayden Foxe (left) and Zeljko Kalac. Mark Evans

Wanderers name Foxe as temporary coach

FORMER Socceroo Hayden Foxe will guide the Wanderers through the first steps in the post-Tony Popovic era as the club's acting head coach.

Two days after Popovic's dramatic resignation, Foxe stepped up as the only member of the coaching staff remaining at the club.

He will be assisted by academy boss - and former Sydney FC head coach - Ian Crook while Western Sydney hunts for a permanent appointment.

With assistants Andres Carrasco and Zeljko Kalac, leaving to join Popovic at Turkish club Karabukspor, Foxe will have to prepare at speed for Sunday's opening game of the season at home to Perth Glory.

Kalac's No.2, Davide Del Giovine, stays on as acting goalkeeping coach, as the club scrambles to deal with the fallout from Sunday.

"Hayden Foxe has done an outstanding job in our coaching staff since he joined us in 2015 and we look forward to seeing him lead the group while we continue our work behind the scenes finding the best candidate to take our club forward," CEO John Tsatsimas said.

"As a Blacktown boy, Hayden embodies the culture and vision we have at the Wanderers and we have no doubt he will lead the team strongly during this period.

"We look forward to having Ian Crook take up the assistant's role during this key period. As someone who has taken our club philosophy into his role as academy technical director for the past two seasons his experience and knowledge of this football club is invaluable.

"Davide will continue with his role working across our A-League, W-League and Academy teams as he has since joining the club.

"Today we also say farewell to Zeljko Kalac and Andres Carrasco who have both served this club with the utmost professionalism and passion during their time here. We wish them well in their future coaching careers."

News Corp Australia


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