FC Pune City head coach Ranko Popovic has stepped down from his position, the club announced on Wednesday. The Serbian manager had joined the team last season and under his reign, Pune qualified for the semi-final of Indian Super League.
According to the club’s release, Popovic, who had earlier coached Spain’s Real Zaragoza and Buriram United FC from Thailand, quit his post seeking fresh challenges.
“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 toughest I have had to make for a while,” Popovic said. He added, “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.”
“He deserves a lot of credit for the historic run the club has had in 2017-18 ISL. But like someone has said ‘all good things come to an end’ and so has his journey with us,” he added.