Socceroos mentor Ange Postecoglou has revealed he texted Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe to offer his support following the revelation of the club’s salary cap scandal.
Glory were booted out of the 2014-15 A-League finals after the FFA discovered salary cap breaches in excess of $400,000.
The punishment is a major blow for the club’s coaches and players who have worked hard this season to put the side third on the ladder with two rounds to play.
A home final looked likely for Perth, along with a tilt at the championship for a city which has been starved of success over the past decade.
“I sent Kenny a text yesterday saying 'this is the stuff they don't teach you on the courses',” Postecoglou revealed at Thursday morning’s The West Australian Leadership Matters breakfast in Perth.
“Coaching these days is not just about you and the players, in fact it becomes less and less about that. Whether you like it or not, you take that responsibility when you take on the role.
“In times like that, every coach goes through it, it could be (a run of) losses, the key is to get through it.
“If you get through it you’ll be a much better coach, because a) you know you can get through it and b) you’ll learn a few things along the way.
“I’m sure Kenny will come out of it once the dust settles knowing he’s a better coach.”
In further bad news, Lowe and Glory are facing a further penalty, such as a points deduction for the 2015-16 season, after the FFA announced their intention to issue a third show cause notice for salary cap breaches in excess of $100,000 in addition to last week's matter.
No players have spoken publicly since the FFA handed down the finals penalty last week, but a number of initial tweets outlined the group's disappointment.
Probably the weirdest day in my career but thanks to the fans that turned out . Really appreciate there support
— Scott Jamieson (@ScottJamieson) April 10, 2015
I've had some tough times in my career.. Today was certainly up there!! Still trying to get my head around it all.
— Danny Vukovic* (@vuka20) April 10, 2015