A-League boss Damien de Bohun is confident Perth Glory are headed in the right direction after their recent turmoil.
Glory's football department was last week split by the explosion of a feud between coaching staff and players, which led to a wide-ranging review and culminated in the sacking of coach Alistair Edwards.
WA National Training Centre mentor Kenny Lowe was hired as interim coach and led Glory to a draw with Adelaide United in his first match in charge on Sunday.
De Bohun maintained regular contact with Glory owner Tony Sage and chief executive Jason Brewer throughout the ordeal and said the club was on the right track despite sacking their second coach this year.
De Bohun pointed to the club's work in the local soccer community and attempt to reconnect with stakeholders in the game as proof it was committed to growing the code in WA.
"It's always a challenging time when there's a change of coach, but overall everything we're seeing is the club is on track in terms of its financial approach, its commitment to people in the west and its commitment to youth," he said.
"We spend a lot of time with all the clubs and I think the one thing that we understand really clearly is that whilst we've made huge progress with football right across the league and across the country, the league is still only nine years young.
"The reality of a young league is that you do have some volatility and you do have some things that take a while to bed in, and building stability is obviously one of our major objectives.
"From our perspective, it's obviously never ideal when a club and their coach decide to go their separate ways.
"But I would say overall that we're pleased with where football in Western Australia is heading and where Perth Glory is heading."
Sage admitted last week the club hierarchy should have stepped in to resolve the feud between coaches and players before it reached a flashpoint after the loss to Melbourne Victory in round 10.
But de Bohun commended Brewer for his handling of a tricky situation.
"People on the outside maybe make assumptions that it's a reasonably straightforward business but it's actually an incredibly complex business and stakeholder management is the biggest challenge for anyone new to it," de Bohun said.
"I think he (Brewer) is sett- ling in well and I've seen the way he dealt with a difficult circumstance."
Glory are hopeful marquee men Shane Smeltz and William Gallas will be available for games against Central Coast (December 31) and Newcastle (January 4).
The WA club is seventh and would move into the top six with victory over the Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium.