Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe has vowed to tone down his exuberant sideline antics but tonight might not be the occasion.
Lowe is targeting FFA Cup silverware in the competition’s inaugural year but first has to negotiate his side past a high-flying Melbourne Victory in the quarter-final at nib Stadium.
That’s plenty of pressure on the shoulders of the Glory tactician who feels every miss-kick, crunching tackle and squandered opportunity throughout the full 90.
Known as one of the big characters of the A-League, his celebratory jig after Andy Keogh scored a late winner against Brisbane Roar was a media and crowd hit.
But Lowe said of his colourful reputation: “It’s all right being a character but you don’t want to be a caricature.
“I think it’s just the way you’re made you know, sometimes that’s a good thing sometimes it’s a bad thing, but I think I’ve got to temper that a little bit.
“It’s just the way I am. I’m actually not that way off the pitch at all, I’m quite laid back, I think I get wrapped up in the game, it’s something I love and enjoy.
“(But) I’ve got to really have a look at that and maybe be a little better.”
Glory defeated Newcastle Jets and state league outfit St Albans Saints, who are two tiers below the A-league, to make tonight’s showdown.
Nebo Marinkovic and Andy Keogh have both scored in the previous rounds and Lowe will look to his import duo to continue their Cup form against Victory.
“Nebo came last season during the January the transfer window; obviously he’s had the benefit of a pre-season under his belt and the chance to obviously get to know everybody,” Lowe said.
“Same, as Andy (Keogh) those guys have settled in, they are quality players, and quality people. It will be an interesting year for those guys, they’ve both started off very, very well.”
Lowe hit back at criticism he abandoned the club’s policy of developing young players in favour of signing some highly credentialed veterans.
“It’s the youngest squad in the A- League,” he said.
“I think I’ve known 90% of the boys since they were 13-years-old. I’m not quite sure where the context of that comes from.
“I guess at the end of the day when we’ve lost eight senior players and we’ve already got 12 younger players in the playing group, really looking at your squad, you probably need to go and replace your eight senior players with younger version senior players and that’s what we’ve done.
“If we had gone and replaced our eight senior players with young players, that would have been a bit of a tough gig this year.”
Lowe enjoyed a 10-year involvement in West Australian youth football before taking on the head coaching job at Glory and says there is a lot that excites him about the state’s up-and-comers.
“At the youth level, for the last 10 years we’ve had some quality guys involved with the youth development on the coaching side,” he said.
“It’s been a fair few guys that have been passionate about what they’ve been doing, real belief and I think that’s maybe spilled out into the fact that they’ve helped these guys, but ultimately the players have got to have quality as well.
“There’s good players everywhere, it’s just maximising the potential and helping them, maybe the guys over here have helped the younger guys a little bit to chase their dream.”
Meanwhile the Glory boss is keen to blow away the perception that Perth plays unattractive football.
“For me I guess I’m under an obligation to entertain people and play football the right way and that’s kind of the way I like to go about my business if I can,” he said.
“I want my players to enjoy it, I want them to get on the ball, I want them to express themselves. I want them to play in an entertaining manner if possible but also be competitive.
“(I’m excited by) players that want make me sit on the edge of my seat, players that excite people, players that express themselves and play with some freedom.
“We’ve got fans at the club that want success and they want it in a certain way, we try to do that as much as we possibly can and excite people.”comments