New Perth Glory chief executive Jason Brewer says re-engaging the club with WA soccer fans is a major focus area as he steps into the top role.
Brewer’s appointment was announced by the club at a training session today.
He takes over from caretaker bosses Lui Giuliani and John Boardman.
Brewer has a background in mining engineering and has a law degree, as well as considerable experience in investment banking.
Among his key focuses will be strengthening ties with local governing body Football West, establishing a permanent training base and re-engaging with supporters.
Glory have already put in plenty of hours reconnecting with grassroots clubs since Alistair Edwards took over as coach earlier this year and will continue to build on those links.
“Why we can’t attract 15,000-20,000 supporters week-in, week-out for what is the most popular game in this State defies belief in my mind,” Brewer said.
“We’ve got to get out there, we’ve got to re-engage with fans and there’s been a lot of work done already.
“I think you’ve seen that in some of the pre-season games at Kwinana, at Gosnells and some of the other pre-season games coming up down in Cockburn and against the State team this Wednesday.”
Originally from Plymouth in the United Kingdom, Brewer arrived in WA in 1991 and has been heavily involved in the local game with ECU Joondalup and Subiaco.
“I’ve been a supporter of Glory ever since I’ve moved to Australia and been very much involved in the local game,” Brewer said.
“I’ve seen the great opportunity of getting in here and building on the work which Lui and John have implemented over the past five or six months, and seeing the opportunity to bring the glory days back here.
“A lot of work has been done by Alistair (Edwards) in building this team. Some great young kids have come on board and some great experience as well.”
Club owner Tony Sage thanked Giuliani and Boardman for their contributions over the last six months.
“They’ve done an enormous job,” Sage said.
“We’ve had a successful tour of South Africa and Malaysia.“They’ve already done all that sort of work but we really need to have someone focused on the job 100 per cent of the time. Those two guys were part-time.”