Perth boss hopes peace deal defuses row

PERTH Glory owner Tony Sage hopes he can broker a peace deal to defuse the dressing row between skipper Jacob Burns and coach Ali Edwards - and keep both of them at the club.

Open warfare has broken out after Burns was benched last weekend after serving a two game suspension while Edwards's son Ryan started in midfield, with second son Cameron also playing a part.

The divide came to a head in the dressing room following Glory’s subsequent 2-0 defeat against Melbourne Victory.

Edwards missed the mandatory post-match media interview and then confirmed the rift between the captain Burns and himself to the media at Perth Airport on Saturday afternoon.

Naven then told The West Australian that Burns was allegedly trying to cause a revolt at the club.

"I've been highly disappointed with Jacob Burns' behaviour at the moment,” Naven said.

The power struggle had caused a divide among players too with some accusing Edwards of nepotism in favouring his sons over established players.

On Twitter, keeper Danny  Vukovic publicly backed his captain.

“@JacobBurns07 is the best captain I've ever played with," Vukovic tweeted. "Great player, great guy and I've just heard a whole lot of BS said about him.”

It was feared the split would see either Burns or Edwards be forced to leave the club to end the impasse.

But it's understood Perth Glory owner Tony Sage has stepped in to try to find a solution that keeps them all at the club.

He held talks with Edwards, Burns and chief executive Jason Brewer yesterday and the club called off training yesterday evening.

Today the club is expect to confirm that Edwards and Naven as well as Burns and Vukovic have been fined for their public comments but hopefully drawing a line under the incident in an attempt to move on.

 

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