There was no better way for Perth Glory to consign last season's off-field dramas into the dustbin of history by recording a victory in their first game of the 2014-15 A-League season against Wellington Phoenix last Sunday.
Bringing home the three points to Perth after making world football’s longest return-trip certainly pleased Perth Glory’s coach Kenny Lowe.
Correcting Glory’s recent poor away record was one of this season’s main objectives for the club and another pleasing sight was watching his new signings make meaningful contributions to the win.
“We were really pleased with the outcome,” Lowe said. “It was good for us to travel away and actually win a game. It’s a big focus for us this year.
“I think the boys executed the things I wanted them to do superbly. I think Youssouf (Hersi) was involved with both goals. Andy (Keogh) scored a goal. So all in all everyone is quite happy with the way the first game went.”
Sunday see's Perth face the defending A-League champions, Brisbane Roar, and Lowe is hoping to use last week’s win against the Phoenix as momentum for Glory to win their first home game of the season.
“Hopefully we can use last week’s win as a springboard and manage to kick on again,” he said.
“Obviously Brisbane is a fantastic team, they’ve got some dangerous individuals, so it will be interesting to see how we go, especially with the new group together. I am looking forward to the game it should be an exciting contest.”
Last season the club was in crisis after former Glory coach Alistair Edwards allegedly lost the dressing room with claims some senior players were upset at Edwards’s team selections, and that he was favouring his two sons Cameron and Ryan.
Edwards was sacked in December and Kenny Lowe, who had been coaching youth football in Western Australian for a decade, was brought in to steady the ship for the rest of the season.
But Lowe’s run with Glory was far from successful last season. A record of four wins, four draws and nine losses saw Glory finish eighth.
Regardless, Lowe beat high profile international and local candidates to land the job permanently in a bid for stability.
Lowe has been involved with Perth Glory for six seasons and has coached many of the young players in the Glory squad since they were 13.
No-one knows more than Lowe that it was a unique set of circumstances that unexpectedly led to him getting his first head coaching role in the A League.
“I don’t think you expect anything to happen in life,” said Lowe.“I think whatever you get dealt with you deal with, and I’ve been dealt the hand so I’ll deal with the hand.
“I’m enjoying it and looking forward to the season ahead and at the end of the day there were people that were higher profile, but I was the right person in the right time and in the right place possibly. Time will tell.
“I’ve always felt comfortable at the club. This will be my seventh season at the club and that’s probably one of the reasons why I’m here. I guess everyone knows me and understand my qualities so I think they made the decision on the basis of that.”
Lowe has one ultimate goal this season and that is to move Perth higher up the ladder than what they finished last season and for the season's ahead.
“The way we are going to go about business is to try and achieve an improvement on and off the park in the football department - that’s our big driver.” Lowe said.
“I think we are very process orientated trying to go about our work and hopefully those improvements will hopefully come in performances which then culminate in more results, more points, so we end up higher up the league.
“I think we are looking to have an impact here not just this season, but the upcoming seasons and try to build something if we can.”
A new season means a fresh start for Lowe. Although under more pressure to deliver better results than last season, Lowe doesn’t look at it this way. He says the pressure to win is always there regardless.
“I’m under no more pressure,” he said. “It’s the same pressure all the time, and that’s to win games and also the pressure that you put yourself under personally, but I don’t feel any pressure.
“I’m doing something I love. Something I enjoy hopefully I can affect the playing group for them to enjoy it and get some good results that gets us up the league.”comments