Perth Glory have rewarded Kenny Lowe with a two year contract extension after the coach helped the club ride through the storm of the salary cap scandal to emerge stronger than ever.
The deal ties Lowe to Glory until the end of the 2018/19 season and puts him on courseto become the club's longest-serving coach.
The WA outfit was expected to struggle in the wake of breaches to the salary cap which saw the side dumped out of the 2014/15 finals.
But they emerged as a competitive force last season and at one stage looked like pushing for honours before finishing fifth.
The colourful 53-year-old, with the unconventional sideline antics, has also taken Glory to two consecutive FFA Cup finals, before losing to Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory.
With Johnny Warren Medallist Diego Castro also agreeing to stay for another season, Glory are looking ahead to a strong season 12.
Club owner Tony Sage and CEO Peter Filopoulos have put their faith in Lowe to finally bring A-League silverware to Perth.
“I am humbled, honoured and excited that Tony (Sage) and Peter (Filopoulos) have shown trust and faith in me to be here for two more seasons after the current campaign,” Lowe said
“I am looking forward to the challenge of developing a long-term strategy of continued growth throughout the club from grassroots all the way up to the first team."
He added: “I have always said from day one, that if we can look back and say we helped Glory become a club that people throughout Australia respected and a club that any player in the country would love to come and play for and that fans were proud of, we will have created a successful and vibrant club.”
Lowe was first appointed at the start of the 2014/15 season and is now likely to surpass Mitch d’Avray - who steered Glory from 2001-2004 in the NSL – as the club’s longest-serving coach.
The contract was announced following the coach's return from a pre-season scouting mission in the UK and Spain.
Filopoulos said Lowe’s extension was important in building a solid platform to achieve the targets set out in the four year plan.
“Kenny’s record at Perth Glory speaks for itself with an impressive W-D-L ratio during his tenure after taking over the reins in 2013/14 as interim coach and then officially from 2014/15," Filopoulos said.
”He has played a pivotal role in developing talent in Western Australia through his previous roles with Football West and the NTC (National Training Centre), many of whom we see today playing for Perth Glory Football Club and several clubs across the Hyundai A-League and abroad.
“Kenny can take pride in the fact that during the upcoming season, 13 players in the senior squad are home grown and most of whom he has coached or mentored along the way.
“With a clear strategy in place for the Club, it was critical we extended Kenny’s contract to provide the environment and opportunity to drive our strategic objectives between now and 2020.”comments