This afternoon, Alistair Edwards was informed by Perth Glory that he is no longer the Head Coach of Perth Glory and that his contract is at an end.
As has been reported, in the Perth Glory change rooms following the match against Melbourne Victory on Friday 13 December 2013, differences of opinion were voiced by a number of players and coaches.
Perth Glory CEO, Jason Brewer, who was not in Melbourne on Friday and has since been in ongoing communication with Alistair, players and staff of the football department in an effort to find a constructive way through the differences of the various parties. Regrettably that was not possible .
Commenting on the outcome of the review, Perth Glory Chairman, Mr Tony Sage, said “It is extremely disappointing that this has played out in such a public manner, however as a club we needed to be considered in our analysis and prompt in our response.”
“Our review of what occurred on Friday and subsequently in the media, was not conducted to apportion blame or seek recriminations, but rather to identify the cause of the issues and to identify and to seek to implement a range of measures to improve performance and player management/best practice.”
“In my view the measures were capable of being successfully implemented, which would ultimately improve the club. Alistair was unwilling to implement each of the measures required of him by Perth Glory, and as such he is no longer employed at Perth Glory.”
“I am disappointed in this outcome, as we tried at all times to find a workable compromise, but ultimately the best interests of the players, staff, fans, sponsors and business partners of Perth Glory Football Club are my primary concern, and always will be.”
“I thank Alistair for his contribution to Perth Glory Football Club and wish him all the best for the future.”
The club will be looking to appoint an interim coach for this week’s game against Adelaide United.