Glory regroups after upheaval
THE make- up of Perth Glory’s starting team will receive more attention than usual today as the A-League club tries to end a tumultuous week with a win over Adelaide United.
Alistair Edwards was sensationally sacked as Glory coach on Tuesday after failing to resolve his bitter feud with a host of the club’s senior players.
Edwards’ perceived nepotism towards his two sons Ryan and Cameron caused friction in the ranks, with skipper Jacob Burns leading a player revolt. The situation reached a flashpoint last week when Burns confronted Edwards after being left on the bench in the team’s 2-0 loss to Melbourne.
Edwards, who was sacked nine months into his threeyear deal, is set to take legal action against the club.
Kenny Lowe was named as Glory’s interim coach on Friday, and no doubt Burns will be the first person he names in his starting side as he tries to quash friction among the player group.
Both Ryan, who has been a regular starter this season, and Cameron Edwards were named in an extended squad that still needs to be trimmed by two.
Lowe, a former Glory assistant who was also head coach at the WA branch of the National Training Centre, was confident the brothers would be able to thrive under his watch.
Adelaide enters Sunday’s match at nib Stadium full of confidence after breaking an eight- match winless run with a 4-0 demolition of Central Coast last week.