Glory re­groups af­ter up­heaval

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

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.

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