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Ferguson safe, for now
Ferguson safe, for now

Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson appears safe in his job for the time being despite a horror run of results that has left the club in danger of missing the finals a year after nearly winning the championship.

Ferguson was given a two-year contract extension in March last year after guiding Glory to their most successful A-League season to date.

Under his watch, Glory made their first grand final appearance since the last National Soccer League decider in 2004.

But things have gone horribly wrong after a bright start to the 2012-13 season.

Perth, who have won two of their past 13 matches and have slipped to ninth on the ladder, play Wellington Phoenix in Auckland on Saturday.

Glory owner Tony Sage is overseas on business and could not be reached for comment, but it is understood that while Sage and the club's board have been disappointed with results this season, they are happy with the direction Ferguson is taking.

Ferguson denied feeling under extra pressure despite seeing his side collect just two points from its past six matches and endure a barren run in front of goal.

"I'm comfortable with where I'm at with Tony, but at the end of the day I know I'm in the firing line," Ferguson said.

"I know if results don't go my way then I'm probably the first one to get his head chopped off.

"It's a result-driven industry that we're in and a lot of people don't care about the football, they just want results.

"I believe we're doing the right things and I believe we've got the right players here to take us to the finals.

"I've had the backing from Tony and the board, Lui Giuliani and John Boardman, and it's all been very positive.

"I've got to remain that way and keep doing what we're doing and hopefully it's going to click sooner rather than later."

Both Glory and last-placed Wellington will be desperate for a win at Eden Park on Saturday to stay in touch with the top six.

Glory sit two points behind sixth-placed Melbourne Heart, while Wellington are a further two points adrift of the finals spots.

Glory will regain the services of Liam Miller and Josh Risdon from suspension for the match and Dean Heffernan returns from a back injury.

But star striker Shane Smeltz (groin) and captain Jacob Burns (back) have been ruled out after missing training yesterday.

Meanwhile, Glory have hit a snag in their bid to sign Matias Cordoba, with the Argentinian experiencing delays with his visa application.

Negotiations between the two parties are ongoing.

The club expects a deal to be finalised in the near future.

"I'm comfortable with where I'm at … but at the end of the day I know I'm in the firing line."" *Ian Ferguson *