The Tony Popovic revolution at Perth Glory has come as no surprise to Socceroos legend Mark Bosnich.
Soon after Popovic was appointed to lead the perennial underachievers, Bosnich rang club owner Tony Sage with a short and simple message.
“I told Tony Sage to get ready to be in the finals,” Bosnich said.
The goalkeeper turned Fox Sports commentator believes Glory can collect silverware for the first time in their A-League history.
And judging by their current form — six points clear on top of the ladder after Wednesday night’s crushing 3-1 win over Sydney FC — his prediction could well come to fruition.
They should maintain pole position when they host Western Sydney Wanderers, Popovic’s former club, at HBF Park tomorrow afternoon.
“Tony (Popovic) won’t like me saying this but they have got every chance of being the champions and of winning the grand final,” Bosnich said.
“He will want to keep a lid on things because they will have their dips but its how you react to those dips that will be important.
“He will know how to guide the team through those rough waters.”
Bosnich and Popovic started their careers together as teenagers at Sydney Croatia and went on to play for the Socceroos before Popovic took the coaching road.
He guided the Wanderers to three A-League grand finals and they became the first Australian club to win the Asian Champions League under his reign.
“I always expected him to do the same at Perth as he did at Western Sydney Wanderers. Absolutely,” Bosnich said.
“What he did at Western Sydney was an amazing achievement. I’m not at all surprised that he has turned Perth around so quickly.
“I’ve always thought Perth were underachievers. They just needed someone to whip them into shape and give them the mental fortitude.
“Tony has got that mental fortitude and it rubs off on the players.
“There is class right through the side.
“If you can get 5 per cent out of players, which Tony has done, they are going to be there come finals time.
“He’s got them so mentally attuned they think they can do anything.”