Many jokes have been made about marriages over the years. Some are happy, some are disastrous some are arranged and some are downright convenient. It appears that should all go well at the meeting tomorrow between Harry Kewell and Perth Glory Coach Ian Ferguson and CEO Paul Kelly, this could be a marriage of convenience.
Kewell is desperate to keep playing professional football and was no doubt miffed that no club in any of the four divisions in England were prepared to sign him, some would, we believe not even let him come and train with them. He has a dream of playing in another World Cup finals in Brazil in 2014. Without a club that dream looks to be one of the pipe variety. If he can achieve a short term deal at Perth Glory he can show his ability and hopefully attract a club in the January transfer window.
The FFA have built so much of their promotion of the game around Harry Kewell that they too would love to see him pull on the green and gold as it means they have to do less in terms of generating interest. As to one segment of the Australian market Kewell is still an attractive marketing tool.
So where does Perth Glory come in? This is where one almost feels there has been a sting acted out at the Melbourne Cup. Perth Glory owner loves to be linked to people with a public persona, and be photographed with them, and mentioned on the internet or in newspapers.
Harry Kewell fits the bill perfectly as a player that will meet his needs in the tiny city of Perth. The FFA may well step in and offer to pay some of Harry’s wages to help their cause. Sage will have to pay little for his ‘new best buddy’ whom he can be seen around town with, and Kewell gets to showcase his skills and hopefully pick up a contract somewhere else in January. The whole sting being based around the Perth Glory owner’s ego and vanity.
If it comes off, and this is indeed the way the whole deal is played out, one has to worry about the impact it will have on the team and the squad. Something that is the least of their concerns when it comes to the FFA and Mr Sage.
Quite simply Perth Glory do not need Harry Kewell, if they did they would have tried to sign him in the close season. They have a good balanced squad and it should not be tinkered with at this crucial time.