Lowe and behold, coach has Glory finally on high

LIKE his former coaching counterpart Mike Mulvey, Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe did not have a distinguished playing career.

But it seems you don't need to have played at super clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester United or Chelsea to be able to succeed as a coach - just ask Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

Lowe, who recently turned 53, played for 10 clubs in England, as well as having a stint in Australia.

He did not grace the likes of the Nou Camp or Old Trafford, for him it was the lower echelons and clubs such as Hartlepool United, Barnet, Birmingham City and Barrow in non-league football where Lowe plied his trade.

His uncompromising playing style seems to have moved into his coaching technique and he looks like a no-nonsense sort of bloke, someone who calls a spade a spade, and that's exactly what was wanted at Perth Glory.

Let's face it, the club was spiralling out of control under previous coach Alistair Edwards. There was talk of Edwards being at loggerheads with Glory owner Tony Sage, and also accusations from within the club that Edwards was favouring playing his sons over others more worthy of a place in the side.

Quite frankly, the club looked a basket case and the only direction it was heading - both on and off the pitch - was down.

Let's not forget that the Glory was only minutes away from its first A-League title at the end of the 2012 season. But things seemed to go drastically wrong from there.

First, Ian Ferguson lost his job and then Edwards was also shown the door. The club needed someone to turn things around, and it turned to Edwards' assistant, Lowe.

I have to admit, I had not heard of him, as I am sure was the case for the majority of football watchers Down Under.

He didn't set the world alight at the end of last season and once again I was wondering, as I suspect a few others were too, whether Lowe was indeed the man to help the Glory shed its perennial underachiever tag.

Sage and his board took a gamble on Lowe, and it seems to have been a wise move.

An FFA Cup final appearance, and six wins and a draw from eight games this season, amounts to a dream start for Lowe and his team.

Andy Keogh is banging in goals for fun, Daniel de Silva is fulfilling his potential, and, at the back, Michael Thwaite and Danny Vukovic seem to have almost everything covered.

But this week's shenanigans at the Brisbane Roar should be a warning to those in charge at the Glory - it only takes a small thing to fall out of place and who knows where that could lead.

I hope for the Glory's sake the powers that be don't rest on their laurels and think the good space the club is in at the moment will continue forever.

It takes hard work and determination ... something thankfully it seems Lowe has in spades.

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