Lowe poised for Glory job

Perth Glory are expected to announce Kenny Lowe as the club’s coach on a permanent basis later this afternoon.

Glory will make a ‘major coaching announcement’ at 5pm AEST today, with all indications the 52-year-old Englishman has won the race for the position.

Lowe took over as interim coach following Alistair Edwards’ sacking in December, but only managed four wins in 17 matches in charge.

The caretaker’s reign included a dismal 10-game winless run which initiated fears of the club’s first-ever wooden spoon, before he steered them into eighth spot with two wins in their final three games.

There was also talk of player unrest under Lowe, with William Gallas and assistant coach Andy Ord involved in a heated incident after the dismal 2-0 home loss to Western Sydney Wanderers.

In February, Glory CEO Jason Brewer confirmed to FourFourTwo the club had begun a global search for Edwards’ permanent replacement.

“We are running a formal six-step process with a specialist sports recruitment group who have offices throughout the world and experience in football making all sorts of appointments,” Brewer told FourFourTwo at the time.

“We’re accountable to people so we’ve got to make sure we’ve got the candidates. The right candidate may well be Kenny Lowe, he ticks a lot of boxes.

“Irrespective of results, some of the things he’s been doing off the pitch, in the change-rooms and on the training ground, have been exactly what we wanted to see. He’s also identified some of the shortfalls in the football department so he’s adding a lot of value.”

Brewer also confirmed to FourFourTwo last week they had made enquiries about Graham Arnold’s availability following his sacking in Japan but he reportedly has ruled himself out.

More to follow.