Glory closer to naming new coach

Perth Glory powerbrokers will narrow their short list for a new coach to two candidates by the end of the week, with a permanent appointment likely to be made within a fortnight.

Calls for a decision to be made have grown louder in recent weeks, with key players voicing their opinions.

Senior defender Michael Thwaite and midfielder Rostyn Griffiths have made their feelings known publicly, emphasising last-placed Glory's need to begin the rebuilding process for next season. Both players bemoaned the fact it was hard to plan for the future without a permanent coach in place.

Glory chief executive Jason Brewer said he and the club hierarchy were nearing a final decision after months of planning.

Brewer recognised the need to move forward quickly, with up to nine positions in the playing squad to be filled in the off-season and a shake-up likely in the football department.

"It's a massive decision to make and I've been adamant that we've got to go through a thorough process and do our due diligence," he said. "We cannot make the same mistakes of the past.

"But now the sooner we can get down to a couple, the sooner we can make the decision.

"That will remove uncertainty and allow us to really push ahead with signings, with re-signings and some strategic decisions regarding the football department and how it's structured."

Brewer said interim coach Kenny Lowe was a chance to be reappointed in a permanent role and had made it into the club's final six candidates.

But several foreign coaches are also under consideration.

Lowe was appointed to the interim role in difficult circumstances following Alistair Edwards' sacking in December and has presided over Glory's slide to last place on the ladder.

Glory are in grave danger of collecting the first wooden spoon in the club's 18-year history, but Lowe maintains he is eager to continue as coach.

"He is one of the five or six shortlisted names that we've put together and that's been on merit," Brewer said. "That's a list that we've cut out from a total submission in excess of 50 (candidates)."

The West Australian

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