Perth Glory interim coach Alistair Edwards hopes a lesson in the club's rich history can play a small role in reversing its fortunes this season.
Edwards played 93 games and scored 24 goals for Glory from 1998-2002 and played alongside his assistant, Gareth Naven, in the old National Soccer League.
The pair were appointed to caretaker positions on Monday when coach Ian Ferguson was sacked following a poor run of results.
Edwards, 44, took the reins at training for the first time yesterday after a long series of meetings with coaches and players, and immediately set about asserting his authority with a vocal display on the park.
Edwards gave his players a lesson in Glory's history yesterday afternoon and hopes a greater appreciation of the past can give the team a boost ahead of Saturday's game against league leaders Central Coast at nib Stadium.
"I'm going to be doing some sessions with the boys in the afternoon and one of those is a bit of history of the club," Edwards said after training.
"I've got some video footage from way back in the good old days.
"We're going to plant the seed just to show the players in the squad - because the A-League's only been going for eight years - how it was previously and why the Perth public love football so much and why the Perth public love Perth Glory."
Attendance figures have been on the decline this season as Glory have struggled to reproduce the form that took them to last year's grand final.
Edwards regularly played in front of huge crowds at what was then Perth Oval and was aware of the club's need to reconnect with WA soccer fans.
The former striker said he hoped to get his team playing an attractive game to lure the crowds back.
"I'm going to remind the guys that the theatre is the field and we've got to go out there and perform," Edwards said.
"At the end of the day it's all about the product. No one likes a losing team and no one likes to watch it.
"We know how much football means to the State and no one likes to see the team losing.
"If we get the product right, which we had previously, then they will come."
Youth team members Riley Woodcock and Matt Davies joined the senior squad at training yesterday and Edwards said he would give all his players chances.
"They've got a job in front of them, the young players, but they'll definitely get an opportunity if they show that they deserve one," Edwards said.
Meanwhile, Dutch defender Bas van den Brink's move to Churchill Brothers SC has reportedly broken down.
Van den Brink was released from his Glory contract last month so he could move to the Indian club. DID YOU KNOW? 93 The number of games Alistair Edwards played for Glory from 1998-2002