The signing of Tony Popovic is a statement of intent Perth Glory is no longer willing to tolerate mediocrity.
Results under Kenny Lowe weren’t bad, but the club fell short of finals last season and it cost Lowe his position as coach after four years in charge.
He fell short of leading the club to its first piece of A-League silverware.
The appointment of Popovic is the start of a new era.
Popovic, a decorated former Socceroos defender, has proven his coaching credentials having led Western Sydney Wanderers to the A-League title in 2012-13 and two subsequent second-placed finishes in 2013-14 and 2015-16.