Perth Glory legend Despotovski to coach W-League side

Perth Glory legend and all-time leading goal scorer, Bobby Despotovski, will look to weave more magic with the club’s title-winning women’s squad.

The former Socceroo will coach the women’s team in 2015-16 after serving a stint as mentor to the Perth Glory U20s reserves in the National Premier League who currently top the table.

Despotovski paid tribute to the work of his predecessor, another club great, Jamie Harnwell who masterminded the women team’s record-breaking run.

Harnwell transformed the side from also-rans to last season’s Premiership winners and grand finalists but had an acrimonious split with the club after being asked to reapply for the position.

Glory boys: Harnwell and Despotovski in 2007

From July 1, the Glory Women’s team came under the ownership of Perth Glory after previously administered by Football West.

Despotovksi, who played 241 games for Perth Glory between 1996 and 2007 and scored 113 goals, said he was looking forward to coaching on the national stage.

“I’ve had great times here at Perth, from scoring goals to winning trophies, now I’m determined for silverware as a coach,” he said.

“I know we have the passion and determination to claim the highest honour in Australian women’s football.

“I’d also like to acknowledge my predecessor and former teammate Jamie Harnwell who led the women’s team to the Grand Final last season. He had a stellar season and achieved a lot. Hopefully this year, we can go one step further”.

Perth Glory Women’s captain and Matilda, Collette McCallum, has been named Assistant Coach.

McCallum played 50 W-League games for the Glory Women and made 81 appearances for Australia, scoring 11 goals for the Matildas.

"I'm thankful to still be involved with the team and I am looking forward to learning as much as I can from Bobby and Kenny" the former midfielder said.

The W-League season kicks-off on October 17.