Perth Glory legend Jamie Harnwell says being asked to reapply for his coaching job after masterminding a record-breaking season for the club's W-League team was like a "kick in the guts".
Harnwell, who took the women's team from also-rans to premiership winners and Grand Final runners-up last season, was refused a guaranteed a coaching extension.
It sparked a stinging rebuke from the former Glory skipper who has dedicated almost two decades to the club.
“I’m not going to apply, I’ve had enough of being treated like this, really,” Harnwell told the West Australian.
“As much as I’m disappointed to leave the girls and not be involved again, I’ve got too much pride and professionalism to do something like that.
“It’s been 17 years that I’ve been involved with the club in some capacity or another and to be treated like this, I’ve had enough.
“I’ve got no real feeling or passion for the club at all now. It’s all sort of wiped away, which is a shame given the history I’ve got with it.”
The turnaround in Glory's W-League team was nothing short of spectacular. They kicked off last season with a record six-game winning streak and set a new league benchmark for the number of points in a single campaign.
Harnwell said it was like a “kick in the guts’ to be invited to reapply for the coaching position and speculated it could be payback for his outspoken comments about the club’s A-League salary cap scandal last season.
Another club great, Bobby Despotovski, has been linked to the position after it was advertised on the Glory's website last Friday.
“From the age of 21, the club has pretty much consumed me,” Harnwell said.
“It was incredible what we achieved on the park last season and it has been a really good bunch of girls who I’ve really enjoyed working with. It’s the best group I’ve been involved with and it’s a shame to lose that. It’s bit of a numb feeling.”