Local politicians have called for the former Crystal Palace man to be handed a knighthood following the Wanderers’ Asian Champions League win.
After leading the Western Sydney Wanderers to the Asian Champions League title, local Parramatta councillors have made calls for manager Tony Popovic to be knighted following the A-League club’s miraculous run.
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Parramatta Deputy Mayor Steven Issa said Popovic deserved the award because he had united the community like no other.
“He has brought the community together and there was almost a stigma about the west, but he has turned that around,” he told the Parramatta Advertiser.
“He has taken Australian football to another level and he has taken Parramatta to the world.
“There were 100 million people watching the home game; people all over the world making it bigger than any event in Parramatta’s history.”