EDWARDS gets the TOP job

The Perth Glory Football Club is delighted to announce, Alistair Edwards has been appointed the club’s senior coach for the next three Hyundai A-League seasons

The Perth Glory Football Club is delighted to announce, Alistair Edwards has been appointed the club-s senior coach for the next three Hyundai A-League seasons.

In a landmark day for the club, it-s the first time in Perth Glory-s 16-year history, a former player has been awarded the top job.

“The first thing I would like to say it-s a huge privilege and honour to be given the opportunity to manage this great club,” Edwards said.

“I am very happy with the future direction of the club and there is a really strong, vision and philosophy for the next three to five years.

A proud West Australian who grew up in Kwinana, Edwards made it clear one his priorities is to give young, local players a pathway to play for Perth Glory

“There are far too many players that have left the State over the last three to five years.

“What we want to do, is to provide an opportunity and a platform for players from within this State, so the fans can be excited.

“We have got some great experienced players in the club, that we will always have, but there needs to be a viable pathway for our young, developing players so that our WA public can identify with WA players.”

During an intense process to find a new coach, which commenced five weeks ago, Perth Glory were at the same time able to closely observe Edwards- professionalism in performing his role as interim coach.

Whilst humbled by the quality of applicants Perth Glory received, it became clear Edwards was a stand-out, once he signalled his intent to take the role full-time.

“Alistair Edwards- appointment is an important catalyst to return Perth Glory to being one of Australia-s most successful leading football clubs,” Perth Glory Deputy-Chairman Lui Giuliani said.

“Alistair-s clear football philosophy and direction is perfectly aligned to the club-s long term plan. This is a plan to build sustained success over a long period of time and providing a development pathway for young West Australian players.”

“We firmly believe that Edward-s appointment represents not only the appointment of a head coach but a new direction that will lead to a healthy and exciting future for Perth Glory and Western Australian Football.”

Perth Glory would also like to thank Football Federation Australia for releasing Alistair from his duties as National Assistant Technical Director and Head Coach of the Qantas Joeys.