Perth fires coach Edwards after player revolt

A-League club Perth Glory has fired coach Alistair Edwards after

a player revolt over perceived nepotism and management style.

Edwards, 45, was in the first season of a three-year contract,

but his position became untenable following a rift with Perth

captain Jacob Burns and other senior players.

Experienced midfielder Burns has been relegated to the bench in

recent matches and replaced by Edwards’ 20-year-old son Ryan, who

was signed in the offseason along with his brother Cameron, 21.

Burns openly criticized the moved after Perth’s 2-0 loss to

Melbourne Victory on Friday.

Alistair Edwards represented Australia in 19 matches as a

forward and played in several Australian and Asian teams during a

lengthy professional career, along with four matches with English

club Millwall in the mid-1990s.