As many fans predicted Perth Glory are once again about to embark on crisis talks falling the fall out from Friday night’s behind-closed doors player revolt. News that has wearying regularity about it.
Disputes happen at every football club and the nature of the game means that they are invariably heated. The key is to keep them in house. Perth Glory however is now embroiled in a dispute that will have fans and the media focussed on finding out exactly what is happening within the club.
There are several issues that are disappointing to the fans of the club. First of all that 24 hours after the heated exchanges in the dressing rooms at AAMI Park in Melbourne, there has been no official statement from the club. A move that leads to more speculation.
It has been reported since the coach arrived back in Perth that the club’s future will be without either the coach Alistair Edwards or the captain Jacob Burns. Edwards is reported to have said that he could not guarantee Burns a place in the starting line up or that he would play for the Glory again.
The big question that needs to be asked is how could the situation inside the dressing room have escalated to such a point without being broached earlier?
The coach is in charge of all matters to do with football and the team, and that is how it should be, but one would expect the CEO and the owner to be aware of the simmering mood of discontent, and to intervene before it escalated to the events of Friday evening. As far as Not the Footy Show can ascertain no such intervention was ever broached.
Running a football club or any sporting club is a unique situation, it is not like many normal everyday businesses, as although based on results, man management is a crucial component. They are a powder keg of egos waiting to be ignited on the pitch, but if poorly handled will explode off of it. Winning frequently hides many issues, losing sees them boil to the surface.
It would appear that man management and communication are the two areas where the club has slipped up and why it once again finds itself in the position it is in. One thing is for sure someone is going to have to leave the club to draw a line in the sand and allow the club to move forward.
It is another very sad day for Perth Glory fans and sponsors, who at the start of the season thought that the club was on a path back to the good old Glory days.
If as reported the senior players are in the main upset with the perceived nepotism shown by Edwards, who signed and has been playing his sons Cameron and Ryan, then the situation is going to be a very hard one to resolve, and convince the players otherwise. Edwards said when he signed his sons that he expected criticism and he was prepared for it. The way he resolves this situation will show just how prepared he was.