D-Day looms for Glory shake-up

The futures of Perth Glory interim boss Kenny Lowe and a number of the club’s players should be finalised within the next week.

Adrian Zahra, Steven McGarry, William Gallas and Shane Smeltz are all off-contract at the end of this season and are waiting to see who Glory names as coach.

Glory CEO Jason Brewer declined to speculate on the playing roster and said the new man at the helm will be decided shortly.

FourFourTwo understands the head coach appointment will be made in the next few days.

Meanwhile winger Zahra, who joined from Melbourne Heart in 2012, said he has been in negotiations with the club.

“I’m in talks but waiting on a decision to be made first on the coach before we can go forward,” he said.

Scottish midfielder Steven McGarry arrived in Perth in 2010 and has made over 100 A-League appearances.

FourFourTwo understands the 34-year old has been offered a new deal by Perth and has attracted interest from other clubs in Australia and overseas.

Kiwi international Shane Smeltz joined the Glory in 2011 on a three-year multi-million dollar contract.

The A-League’s all-time leading goal scorer, Smeltz has only played 13 games this season and will miss the final round against Sydney FC with a groin injury.

Former French international William Gallas signed with Perth as the club’s marquee on a one-year deal in October.

Perth is certain to have a very different looking squad next season with the retirements of skipper Jacob Burns and midfielder Travis Dodd.

Danny Vukovic is set to return on loan from Japan, while the loan deals of Ryan Edwards from Reading FC and Darvydas Sernas from Gaziantepspor will wrap up.

Glory have signalled interest in former Central Coast Mariners coach Graham Arnold who left J-League outfit Vegalta Sendai this week.

According to reports, Perth have a shortlist of candidates as well as Arnold in the running for the coaching post.

Caretaker Kenny Lowe is keen to stay in the job, after being hired in December following the dismissal of Alistair Edwards. Under Lowe Perth have have won four games, drawn four and lost eight.