'Passionate' Lowe appointed Glory coach

After a global search, Perth Glory have appointed Kenny Lowe to coach the club for the next two years.

The 52-year-old Englishman won the race for the position after taking over as interim coach following the sacking of Alistair Edwards in December.

Lowe only managed four wins in 17 matches in charge, including a dismal 10-game winless run. He eventually steered Glory to eighth spot with two wins in their final three games.

During his time as interim coach there was talk of player unrest, with William Gallas and assistant coach Andy Ord involved in a heated incident after a 2-0 home loss to Western Sydney Wanderers.

However, CEO Jason Brewer said Lowe was the right man to continue the club's youth focus.

“Kenny Lowe is the best fit for this club in terms delivering on the club's strategy and achieving success for all involved and associated with the club, both on and off the pitch.” Brewer said today.

“He is one of the most qualified coaches in the country, with his AFC Pro License, and he is by far the best youth development coach in Australia, nobody knows the talent that we have in this state better than Kenny Lowe.

“Kenny’s appointment comes after an extremely focused and intense process and I’m positive that we have made the right choice.

Brewer said Lowe was by far the most prepared for the job of all the candidates.

“When he first came in as interim head coach, he already had analysed every game over the past two seasons, he already knew which players he thought the squad needed and he already had an idea on what type of improvements the footballing department needed to ensure long-term success.

“Another key point of difference with Kenny is that he’s passionate.

“We had candidates that matched Kenny’s talent, but none matched his passion, and I believe that is what we need more of in this club. Every player, coach, admin member and volunteer must match the passion of the supporters and members for this club to be great again. That’s what we need to pride ourselves on.”

Lowe’s appointment is the first change of many planned for the club’s football department during the off-season, with a number of key changes to me made in areas such as strength and conditioning, player requitement, coaching recruitment, player rights and player welfare as well as strengthening the current medical department.

In February, 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."