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.