Topics:  a-league, alistair edwards, football, ian ferguson, perth glory, soccer, tony sage

Ferguson booted as Glory's coach in favour of ex-player

Glory coach Ian Ferguson looks on during the round 13 A-League match between the Perth Glory and the Western Sydney Wanderers at Patersons Stadium on December 27, 2012 in Perth, Australia.
Glory coach Ian Ferguson looks on during the round 13 A-League match between the Perth Glory and the Western Sydney Wanderers at Patersons Stadium on December 27, 2012 in Perth, Australia. Paul Kane / Getty Images

PERTH Glory owner Tony Sage has turned to ex-player Alistair Edwards in a bid to get the club away from the bottom of the A-League after sacking coach Ian Ferguson.

Edwards, the Australian under-17s coach who spent six years as a player with Glory, took over the reins as caretaker coach until the end of the season and will have another former Perth star in Gareth Naven as his assistant.

Edwards said he was ready for the challenge but said he felt for Ferguson.

"It's never a good situation when a fellow professional coach loses their job," he said.

Sage said he believed Ferguson had not "lost the dressing room" but said the former North Queensland Fury coach was a "man of high integrity" and said that "people questioning his ability and where we were" prompted him to "call it quits".

"Bottom of the ladder with the team we have assembled is not acceptable in professional sport," Sage, who said both he and Ferguson agreed he should leave, added.

"He (Ferguson) agreed it was unacceptable given the squad we had got."



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