Perth Glory FC would like to clarify a few key facts in relation to the ownership of the Glory Women’s team and the coaching position.
For the past seven years the Glory Women’s team was managed and administered by Football West (the code’s governing body in WA).
From July 1, 2015, Perth Glory FC took ownership of the Glory Women's team to ensure the women’s game was represented at a state and national level. Had it not, the women’s team was at risk of NOT operating.
During the 2014 season Perth Glory FC contributed $40,000 and provided the whole department and team with kits and apparel.
The Perth Glory W-League team and staff were all engaged on a season to season employment arrangement with Football West. This in essence, expired immediately after the final W-League game of the last season in December 2014.
Football Federation Australia encouraged Perth Glory FC, that it ought to inherit the Glory Women’s team, to ensure Perth maintained a W-League presence.
The change in ownership in the Glory Women’s team required a series of processes to follow. This also involved the possible retention and identification of new staff.
As of July 1, 2015, the coaching position of the Glory Women’s team was effectively a VACANT position. The club however, as a courtesy and before the W-League coaching position was advertised, asked the former coach, Jamie Harnwell who enjoyed a stellar season with the team, if he intended to apply for the Perth Glory Women`s coaching position.
We are delighted to have received a number of high calibre applicants for the position and look forward to identifying and announcing a new Perth Glory W-League coach in the coming weeks.
Perth Glory FC is also excited at the prospect of all three teams (Hyundai A-League, Foxtel Youth League and Westfield W-League) falling under the one umbrella.
Perth Glory FC Chief Operating Officer