Former Perth Glory and Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has been sacked by Greek second division club just nine matches into his tenure.
Despite Xanthi’s 2-1 weekend win over cellar dwellers OF Ierapetra, which left them in fifth spot on the ladder — four points off the top — Popovic was given his marching orders.
Xanthi owner, Greek-Australian businessman Bill Papas, said: “I want to thank Tony for the excellent work he has offered to the team since September 2020 when he took office.
“With great sadness and respect for Tony, we announce the end of our partnership.
“I wish Tony and his family all the best for the future.”
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