It was back in May of this year when former coach Alistair Edwards announced the signing of his second son, Cameron, to the Perth Glory squad that we warned that it was a move fraught with danger (That’s my Boy) sometimes it is not nice to be proved right.
Alistair came on the show and revealed that he had spoken to both sons at length before signing them. He stated that they were all aware as a family of the accusations that may arise, but that both boys believed that they could handle it.He was adamant as junior internationals, both were up to the task of A-League football.
In the past week very little has been written or said about how the two must have felt sitting in the dressing room on Friday night as the argument between coaches and senior players unfolded, or as the fall out from that difference of opinions was resolved; albeit it with their father forced to leave the club.
Sadly there was a symmetry to the end result, former coach Steve McMahon signed his son to Perth Glory in season one of the Hyundai A-League and he resigned a week earlier than Edwards senior left the club this year.
One thing that has to be hoped is that fans do not get on the backs of these two players because of the events of the past week. They should be allowed to continue in their jobs and be the best that they can be as players. No longer if they get a game will sections of the crowd be able to accuse the coach of nepotism. They will have, in the eyes of the new coach, earned that spot, or been selected to carry out a specific role. Sure there will still be those who feel they should not be there in the first place, just as other fans feel that way about other members of the squad. That is what makes sport great, everyone has a different opinion; it is also why a selection panel for the team on a match day would never work.
It is unlikely that either young man asked to be picked by their father, and like every squad member they too simply want to play first team football. It is a new chapter at Perth Glory and these two players deserve respect for the way they have conducted themselves through a very difficult time, and that repeat should be shown by allowing them to concentrate on their football. Who knows, the departure of their father as coach may in fact free them up as players, as maybe they tried to hard to justify their selection due to the relationship with the coach. It may also spur them on to prove that their father was right to sign them, time will tell.
They key is to let the new coach decide if Ryan and Cameron are to play, and allow them like everyone else to move on from this week and focus on the club making the finals.