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Bosnich shoots down Sage Glory claim
Mark Bosnich. Pic: Getty Images

Mark Bosnich has denied Tony Sage’s claim that the former Socceroos goalkeeper is the chairman of a committee formed to select a new Perth Glory coach.

Club owner Sage last week said Bosnich was the chairman of a six-man advisory committee that had narrowed a list of 50 coaching applicants down to six.

He said the list would be cut to three this week, with a permanent appointment to be made soon after.

“It’s been widely known I’m not in the decision-making camp on that,” Sage said on Friday.

“There are six people that have been involved on the committee. It’s led by Mark Bosnich, he’s the chairman of that committee. They’ve met four or five times.

“We had 50 applications, they’ve narrowed it down to six. That will be narrowed down to three this week and then they’ll come and see me.”

Bosnich confirmed he was involved in the process, but moved to clear up confusion over the level of his involvement.

“The story that’s come out is that I’m chairman of the board to select the coach. That’s wrong,” Bosnich told Fox Sports on Sunday.

“Tony Sage is a friend of mine and he rang me about three or four weeks ago and said, ‘would you help me with the coaching situation, would you give your opinion?’.

“I said, ‘of course I will’.

“There were two conditions. No.1, basically, it’s my opinion and it’s nothing to do with who they choose in the end. In other words, I will give my opinion with the benefit of my experience and my contacts in Europe, and it’s up to you guys to make the decision.

“The other condition was get it down to your shortlist because I’m not going to go through every applicant.”

Bosnich said he had only a limited knowledge of the final six candidates for the job and would not reveal any names.

“I’ve never played under any of them, I must say, I’ve only played against one of them,” Bosnich said.

“But all I can do is give my opinion from what I’ve read and also from people who have played underneath them or have played with them.

“I think that’s the most important thing. It is up to them to make their decision.”

Glory have been led by interim coach Kenny Lowe since predecessor Alistair Edwards was sacked in December after a fallout between players and coaching staff.

Bosnich, who played for Manchester United and Chelsea, said he was confident Glory were on the right track.

“They are definitely trying to go about it in the right way. I know that,” Bosnich said.

“I know Tony’s come under a lot of criticism because a lot of people that he’s making all the decisions.

“He’s left this to this board and for everyone to have their opinion.

“But it’s their money in the end, so they’ve got to choose who they want to choose and choose it wisely.”

Glory have moved off the bottom of the ladder with two straight wins and will be looking to avoid the wooden spoon with a positive result in their final game of the season, away to Sydney FC on Sunday.

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