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Glory training cancelled amid bust-up
Alistair Edwards and Jacob Burns. Pic: WA News

Perth Glory coach Alistair Edwards has cancelled today's training session as he awaits the board's decision on a way forward for the club following a dramatic blow-up between coaching staff and senior players.

Players will meet for their usual Monday afternoon gym session, but the training session - scheduled for 4.45pm at McGillivray Oval - will not go ahead.

Edwards does not usually attend the gym sessions.

Tensions have been rising within Glory ranks over the past few weeks and reached a flashpoint on Friday night following the club's 2-0 defeat to Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.

Captain Jacob Burns and a group of senior players confronted Edwards to vent their concerns about the direction of the club.

These revolve around Edwards' team selection and tactics, including perceived nepotism over his use of sons Ryan and Cameron, as well as his decision to move daily training sessions to an evening timeslot.

Burns returned to the squad against Victory after serving a two-match suspension, but was an unused substitute as Glory's inexperienced line-up struggled to compete with the home side.

Club owner Tony Sage commissioned a report from chief executive Jason Brewer, who met separately with coaching staff and players over the weekend to review the situation.

Brewer will meet again with coaching staff this afternoon to inform them of the outcome of his investigation.

Edwards believes Burns was the leader of a player revolt against him and painted the turmoil as a personal falling out, but Sage confirmed the issue was wider than that.

"I just want to dispel the theory that it's just Jacob Burns," Sage told 6PR this morning.

"Jacob is acting on behalf of three or four of the senior players. As captain, he's the one that went up and had a chat to Alistair.

"So let's dispel the theory that it's just one-on-one from the start. Jacob, as captain, voices the concerns of a few of the senior players."

Burns has remained silent on the issue and said he couldn't comment when contacted yesterday.

Sage said he hoped a solution could be found quickly, but it appears the relationship between Edwards and Burns is beyond repair.