Past and present players who have worked with Kenny Lowe have hailed the Englishmen as a coaching guru.
Lowe replaced Alistair Edwards as Perth Glory head coach in December and since taking over the top job at Perth, he has led the side to two wins, two draws and one loss from five matches.
Before that he had a stint as an assistant at Glory for four years from 2007-2010, and since 2006 he has served as the head coach of Football West’s National Training Centre, helping to develop the elite talent in Western Australia.
Bristol City and Joey defender Tom King worked with Lowe as a junior and was effusive in his praise of his methods.
“He was absolutely fantastic,” King said. “Just the way his teams play football. Obviously to get all these players overseas or playing professionally it’s down to a certain amount of talent.”
Lowe has helped develop a massive number of footballers through the NTC including Trent Sainsbury, Adam Taggart, Daniel De Silva, Josh Risdon, Scott Neville, Storm Roux, Mark Birighitti, Julius Davies and Jesse Makarounas. A number of NTC products have secured moves overseas, such as King and Eli Babalj.
Central Coast Mariners left back Storm Roux also praised the time he spent under Lowe.
“The amount of players Kenny’s produced is unreal,” Roux said. “It’s quality coaching. Kenny is a very good coach and very good at getting the best out of the young boys and improving them. The coaching at the NTC was quality.”
A mechanical engineer by trade, Lowe has had an unusual path in football. Born in Billingham in England, his first professional club was Hartlepool United but he went on to play for a series of clubs in the UK and briefly in the Western Australian Premier League.
After spells at Gatehead, Barrow, Scarborough, Barnet and Stoke City, the high point of the midfielder’s career came in 1993 with several years at Birmingham City. There he was signed by City manager Barry Fry, who described him as the “non-league Glenn Hoddle”.
Lowe retired in 1998 and made his first move into coaching with Gateshead and then Barrow before relocating permanently to Western Australian. A direct and no-nonsense character, the 52-year old also has a sister who was an international netball player.
Animated on the sideline and entertaining in front of the media, Lowe seems to have found a home at nib Stadium.
Glory winger Adrian Zahra says the whole Perth squad has bought into Lowe’s coaching philosophy and is confident the club can climb the A-League ladder under the Englishmen’s watch.
“He’s come in and changed the whole regime,” Zahra said. “He’s started to implement his structures and the boys are obviously believing in what he wants and what he feels what we need. He’s come in and has done a great job and the boys definitely buy into his philosophy.
“He’s definitely not your normal first-team coach but he’s a straight shooter. He’s very black and white and very direct, which is a good thing as well.
"He comes out and he has that bit of banter about him but straight away when we cross that line and we’re training, he’s all about seriousness and he’s all about commitment and having really high standards as well. He’s come in and made sure everything he wants is down pat, there’s no questioning, there’s no asking.
"If you do your jobs and you do them well then obviously you’re going to continue playing for him. He’s come in and done a great job.”comments