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D Avray fancies Glory role again
Mich d'Avray. Picture: Lee Griffith/The West Australian

Former Perth Glory coach Mich d'Avray is keen on a return to the club he led to two National Soccer League championships before the formation of the A-League in 2005.

Though originally from South Africa, d'Avray's family is based in Perth and considers the city his home.


He currently works as the technical director at Bloemfontein Celtic in South Africa's Premier Soccer League, but returns to Perth at least twice a year.

D'Avray took over from Bernd Stange as Glory coach in 2001 and led the club to three consecutive grand finals in the final years of the NSL, winning consecutive championships in 2003-04.

When asked during an interview with Football West TV this week if he had any interest in returning to Glory, d'Avray said: "I haven't heard any plans and it depends what role I come back in. But in answer to the question, yes."

Glory have been without a director of football since Dave Mitchell was dumped following a review of the club's operations in March 2011.

D'Avray had previously filled the role for a short time during the inaugural 2005-06 A-League season before then-owner Nick Tana ended a decade at the helm and Football Federation Australia took over the running of the club.

D'Avray said Glory could benefit from reintroducing a director of football position, though it would seem unlikely given current owner Tony Sage's recent cost-cutting measures.

"I don't know the structures of Perth Glory right now, but I think Perth Glory could benefit from a technical director because the technical director is a buffer between the coach and the board of directors," d'Avray said.

"Very often you'll get a board of directors at a football club who have got the money but they don't necessarily know much about football.

"So they will go into a meeting and heavily criticise the coach after a defeat and the coach then feels under pressure.

"I'm the buffer. Anything our directors want to say on the technical side comes to me and I've got to sort it out and solve the problem.

"So, as I say, there's a buffer factor, which I think is important for any coach."

Glory will be out to regain their place in the top six when they host Brisbane Roar at nib Stadium on Saturday.

Several players are struggling with injury and coach Ian Ferguson could be forced to throw young defender Jack Clisby into the mix.

Clisby, 20, signed a professional contract with the club this week after being promoted from the youth team.

Regular centre-halves Bas van den Brink and Michael Thwaite are struggling with calf injuries and right-back Josh Risdon will miss the game through suspension.

The West Australian

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