Former Socceroos defender Tony Popovic has become the latest Australian coach ruthlessly axed by a European club.
Popovic joined the club, owned by Greek-Australian businessman Bill Papas, after the 2020-21 A-League campaign having led the Glory to back-to-back finals series.
His sacking from Xanthi comes with the club fifth on the 12-team ladder having secured three wins in their past four games.
"I want to thank Tony for the excellent work he has offered to the team since September 2020 when he took office," Papas said in a statement on the Xanthi website.
"With great sadness and respect for Tony, we announce the end of our partnership."
After taking the helm at Xanthi, Popovic had signed fringe Socceroos Josh Brillante and Matt Jurman as well as former A-League players Paul Izzo and Callan Elliot -- in addition to his teenage sons Kristian and Gabriel -- with Papas indicating he wanted the club to become a production line for Australian talent into Europe.
It's the second time a coaching move to Europe has ended badly for Popovic, after the 2014 Asian Champions League winning mentor was sacked by Turkish club Karabukspor after just nine games in December 2017.