Perth Glory CEO Jason Brewer has rubbished talk of a crisis at the club and says interim coach Kenny Lowe could be the man to lead them forward.
Glory have slumped to ninth spot after a run of just two points in six games under Lowe, amid talk of infighting with the latest kerfuffle involving marquee William Gallas and assistant coach Andy Ord.
The situation has led to fan unrest about the direction of the club. Glory held a Members Forum on Wednesday night, with Brewer joined by Lowe and Ord, and answered questions on fans' concerns.
Speaking to FourFourTwo afterwards, Brewer said the club had a clear strategy moving forward which could include appointing Lowe as its permanent coach.
“We are running a formal six-step process with a specialist sports recruitment group who have offices throughout the world and experience in football making all sorts of appointments,” Brewer said.
“We’re accountable to people so we’ve got to make sure we’ve got the candidates. The right candidate may well be Kenny Lowe, he ticks a lot of boxes.
“Irrespective of results, some of the things he’s been doing off the pitch, in the changerooms and on the training ground, have been exactly what we wanted to see.
“He’s also identified some of the shortfalls in the football department so he’s adding a lot of value.”
Brewer said the club had received a significant number of applications and that the unnamed recruitment group would compile a long list, which it would reduce down to a pool of 50, eventually down to three against various criteria, before a final appointment.
The Glory CEO set a June 1 deadline for appointing a permanent coach, insisting the club wouldn’t make the same mistakes as in the past.
Meanwhile, Brewer insisted there was no crisis at the club following a tumultuous week after a dismal 2-0 home loss to Western Sydney Wanderers and the Gallas-Ord bust-up.
“When results aren’t going your way it gets construed in a completely different manner,” Brewer said.
“The incident in the changerooms after the game, everybody was disappointed but the unfortunate thing is it got completely taken out of context. It was a storm in a teacup, but it makes a good headline.
“For people who’ve come down to training, they would’ve got a completely different picture. It’s not crisis talks.
“Results aren’t going our way, people are going to be focused on every part of our business.
“It’s unfortunate that things like that don’t stay inside the changerooms. The players are very disappointed it didn’t and have taken themselves to task on that.”
Gallas’s involvement in the incident, along with his blunder which led to Tomi Juric’s winner against Wanderers, has led to questions about the marquee man’s value at Glory.
However, Brewer said Gallas’s name hadn’t come up at the Members Forum and insisted the Frenchman had a key role to play at the club.
“The signing of William Gallas was something Alistair (Edwards) drove and at one level that’s seen as contradictory to our strategy, but the role he plays in developing players among the environment is crucial,” Brewer said.
“Ask the players how much they’ve learned from his professionalism.
“That’s justified given the massive void between the young teenage players or 18-21 age bracket and then there’s the 30-plus group.”
Brewer defended the club’s recruitment strategy this season, amid suggestions of a loss of focus on young Western Australian talent, pointing to the example of Matt Davies, Riley Woodcock and Jack Clisby as youngsters who’d been blooded.
Glory currently sit second last in the NYL, conceding a league high 63 goals and Brewer said they wouldn’t throw their young players into the big-time like “rabbits in the headlights”.
Brewer added that Wednesday’s Member Forum had been well received and something the club was eager to regularly put on.
“It was a great success, we were accountable, transparent, there was no lip service,” he said.
“The people who were there walked away with a broader context of why decisions were made, they understand the direction we’re going in and I think the interaction we had was fantastic.
“We didn’t hold any punches, we’ve got nothing to hide. There’s no spin, there’s no bullshit. This is their club. You ask the question, you get the answer.”