Edwards speaks out after sacking

EXCLUSIVE: Alistair Edwards has refused to get embroiled in a war of words with Perth Glory following his sacking from the club earlier this week and says he wants to walk away with his head held high.

In statement to Australian FourFourTwo, Edwards said he was “not minded to engage in a public war of words with the Chairman or the representatives of the club”. 

“The current practicalities of the situation are in the hands of my agent, Daniel Berman,” Edwards said. 

“For my part, I remain concerned about the standing and reputation of the club, and West Australian football. I am confident that the people who know me, and those who have followed my career, will know that I am committed to the development of the sport in our country.

"I have had strong messages of support from Hyundai A League colleagues and other important figures in the Australian football establishment, for which I am grateful.

"I appreciate the kindness of well-wishers, and it means a great deal to me that my integrity has been recognised by many people in football and the fans alike.”

Edwards was sacked earlier this week after a falling out with captain Jacob Burns. Edwards joined Perth as head coach in February after Ian Ferguson was dismissed.

He led Glory to seventh place on the table this season, with three wins, three draws and four losses, despite a large injury toll including Shane Smeltz, Travis Dodd, Josh Risdon, Scott Jamieson, Sidnei and marquee star William Gallas.

A former Socceroo and playing great of the Glory, Edwards has also served previously as the coach of the Joeys and as FFA Assistant Technical Director to Han Berger.

The 42-year old insisted that his two sons, Ryan and Cameron, will continue to do their best for the Glory.

He added: “My sons will continue to work to the best of their ability.

“Similarly, they will not be exacerbating a regrettable situation with any public utterances.”