Ranko Popovic parts ways with FC Pune City

FC Pune City parted ways with its head coach Ranko Popovic. The Serbian, who led the historic run for the club taking it to semifinals last season, opted to call it a day on his time with Stallions seeking fresh challenges.

Ranko Popovic joined the side last season.   -  ISL Media

FC Pune City parted ways with its head coach Ranko Popovic. The Serbian, who led the historic run for the club taking it to semifinals last season, opted to call it a day on his time with Stallions seeking fresh challenges.

“It has been a great season for FC Pune City and thanks to coach (Ranko) Popovic for making it memorable. His belief in the club’s ethos, especially the youth was remarkable, and it helped us achieve a lot and unearth the hidden talent in our system. He deserves a lot of credit for the historic run the club has had in 2017-18,” said FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel.

The name of the new coach will be revealed soon.

The former Real Zaragoza and Buriram United FC coach joined the club in September last year and made a lasting impression helping FC Pune City breach the top-4 barrier, a first time in the club’s four-year history. “FC Pune City was, is and will remain very close to my heart. The players, the support staff and the management ensured my transition was smooth and every one played their role to perfection for us to have a great season. But the decision to part ways is one of the most toughest I have had to made for a while. The professionalism of the Management and the fans support made my job here a memorable one and I wish the Club all the best for the future,” said Popovic.