The pair go way back. As well as representing the Socceroos together during their playing days, they also were teammates at Japanese club Sanfrecce Hiroshima at the turn of the millennium.

They first teamed up off the field in 2015, when Foxe became Popovic's assistant at Western Sydney Wanderers.

Popovic departed Wanderers for Turkish outfit Karabukspor last October, leaving Foxe in temporary charge as caretaker boss for five undefeated matches.

Nine months on, the pair have now rekindled their working relationship, and Foxe, 40, is determined to help ring success to what he calls an "exciting project" at Perth.

The 14-cap former centre-back said Popovic has a "winning mentaility", citing the prospect of working with him again was a key motivator for moving west.

“It’s a really exciting project,” Foxe said. “We have a great squad and fantastic support from everyone at the club.
“I’ve come back to Perth to continue to work with Tony Popovic. I’ve worked with him for three years, he has a winning mentality, he wants to win things and that’s something we share.”
“I want to win, I want us to be successful," he added. "Mediocracy is something I don’t want to accept. The plan is to pass that winning mentality and culture across the club on and off the pitch.
“We’ll all be looking to fulfil the potential that this great football club has."

At the back-end of his playing career, Foxe spent two seasons at Perth Glory between 2007 and 2009 before joining Sydney FC in 2010 and winning the Hyundai A-League double in his final season on the pitch.

He cut his teeth as a coach at the now-defunct Melbourne Heart, first with the youth team before being promoted to the senior set-up in his first assistant role in 2013.

Popovic was appointed as Perth Glory's new head coach last month.