Perth Glory have sacked head coach Ian Ferguson, with Alistair Edwards set to take over at the struggling club.
Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson-s fears have been realised, today receiving his marching orders from the club-s management. Ferguson sacked with the club sitting at the bottom of the A-League ladder.
The announcement was made at a press conference called for 2pm (AEDT) by club chairman Tony Sage.
Sage saying the decision to sack Ferguson was purley down to the team's poor performance and had nothing to do with him being unhappy with comments the coach made about Sage's own health.
"To be bottom of the ladder with the team that we have assembled is just not acceptable.," Sage said.
"Ian agreed that it was unaccepabe to be bottom of the league with the squad that he has got and again we mutually agreed it was best for him to go."
"As far as I-m concerned he had full support of finances. The squad cost 3.2 million dollars, the salary cap is 2.5 million dollars so I can-t understand a comment like that. I take that as slight on the club."
"I wasn-t happy. It-s a private matter about my situation and I didn-t want it to be public. I was pretty upset, that had nothing to do with what happened here, it-s all about performance."
Sage didn't believe Ferguson despite a slew of losses had lost the locker-room either, with injured captain Jacob Burns telling Sage the Scot still had the support of the players.
"He was of the opinion that Fergie hadn-t lost the players, so it was a little bit of a shock to him that Fergie and I had agreed the termination would take place," Sage said of Burns. National Under 17 coach Alistair Edwards will replace Ferguson, having been given leave from his duties in that role by Football Federation Australia.
A former Perth Glory player, Edwards will return to the club where he spent the final six seasons of his playing career and is expected to name current Perth National Youth League coach Gareth Naven as his assistant.
Ferguson has previously also been sacked from his role at North Queensland Fury, but took Perth all the way to the A-League Grand Final last season.