Former Socceroo Ivan Franjic has parted ways with Perth Glory amid reports that coach Tony Popovic has also left the club,
While the majority of the Glory squad returned to Perth on Thursday after the club’s A-League finals series exit on Wednesday night, Franjic flew to his home state of Victoria and later confirmed his time with the club was over.
“I’m just going to enjoy some time in Melbourne with my girlfriend and family, and see what happens,” three-time A-League championship-winning right-back Franjic said when asked where he would be playing his football next season.
“I’d be lying to you if I said I knew.”
Just want to say goodbye to all the @perthgloryfc family as last night was my last game for the club. Big thanks to all the fans, staff but most importantly my teammates, we shared some great memories as a club and I will always be following you from a far. All the best 💜💜💜 pic.twitter.com/pui3Y0yuPj
— Ivan Franjic (@Franjic5) August 27, 2020
The news comes as Popovic reportedly also bid farewell to the Glory to take over the coaching reins of Greek team Xanthi FC.
That’s despite the former Western Sydney Wanderers coach having a year left on his Glory coaching contract.
A Glory spokesman said Popovic was still Perth’s coach, while Franjic – who made 53 A-League appearances for the Glory in two seasons – was unsure of the coach’s future plans.
In another A-League departure, Albanian midfielder Migjen Basha has left Melbourne Victory.
Basha said he was returning to Europe for family reasons.
“I have really enjoyed my time living in Melbourne, but I have made the decision to go back to Europe,” said Basha, who scored one goal in 25 A-League appearances
“This is the best solution for me and my family moving forward. I would like to wish the players and the club all the best for next season.”
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