Alistair Edwards undecided on Glory gig

March 16, 2013
By Justin Chadwick

Interim Perth Glory coach Alistair Edwards says there's no chance he'll apply for the job fulltime if the A-League club doesn't implement the plan they developed back in 2011.

Edwards, who has guided Glory to three wins from four games since Ian Ferguson's sacking last month, won't leave his job as head coach of Australia's under-17s side unless he is convinced Perth's hierarchy will let him lead the club in a new direction.

In 2011, Glory commissioned an independent review into the club after their highly-paid squad finished second last on the table.

Director of football Dave Mitchell was sacked as a result of the findings, with one of the key recommendations stating the club should focus more on signing talented young players instead of overpaid veterans.

"More needs to be done in the recruitment area to guard against the presence of players who simply seek a superannuated end to their careers," the review said.

"With all things being equal, the club should look first at youth and where possible Western Australian youth when making a recruitment decision."

In January, local youngster Jesse Makarounas defected to the Melbourne Victory after being starved of chances at the Glory.

Emerging striker Adam Taggart joined the Jets last season after also struggling for opportunities at Perth.

Edwards has put a huge emphasis on youth since joining the Glory.

Danny De Silva, who only recently turned 16, has signed on with the club for two years and made his debut a fortnight ago, while fellow teenagers Riley Woodcock and Matthew Davies were also handed contracts.

Other recommendations of the 2011 review included establishing a combined training and administration facility, having a clear chain of command in the football department, and having a closer relationship with Football West.

Edwards said the club's hierarchy needed to give a firm commitment on the vision developed in 2011.

"The plan's been together since 2011, but there's no point having a plan if it sits in a cupboard and collects dust," Edwards said on Saturday.

"It's a very good plan by the way.

"But if you look at the plan and look what's happened, it's like the complete opposite.

"If the club wants to move forward in a certain way, everyone's got to be on board.

"If it doesn't get sorted, there's no chance I'm going to be leaving my role with the FFA."

Edwards took over the Glory coaching reins last month when the club was sitting dead last on the table.

But such has been the turnaround, Perth will move into the top-six if they can defeat lowly Wellington at nib Stadium on Sunday.