Perth Glory sack coach Edwards

Edwards' sons failed to shine, so dark days were always on the horizon

Perth Glory have sensationally sacked coach Alistair Edwards after he suffered a dramatic fallout with the club's senior players.

It's understood several players vented their anger at Edwards over his decisions at selection – namely the promotion of his sons, Ryan and Cameron Edwards.

The revolt was led by ex-Socceroo and club captain Jacob Burns, sidelined by the coach in favour of Ryan Edwards for a role in central midfield in recent weeks.

It's believed Burns had strong support from two of the squad's most respected members, goalkeeper Danny Vukovic and defender Michael Thwaite.

Matters were brought to public attention in the wake of the 2-0 defeat against Melbourne Victory on Friday night, where the 35-year old Burns was again relegated to the bench. He played no part in the match.

He let his feelings known after the fulltime whistle and was backed by several players who felt the youthful line-up missed Burns' physical presence and leadership.

One message received by Fairfax Media from inside the squad revealed that Edwards had “lost the confidence” of the playing group.

“I think there's definitely a rift with Jacob Burns and myself, that's for sure,” Edwards admitted upon arrival back in Perth after the match. “There were a few things said behind closed doors and that's something we've got to address internally.

“Since then it's been a bit testy, and because he wasn't re-introduced into the team after winning last week, it sort of caused a bit of a problem."

Discussions between the club's owner, Tony Sage, Edwards, Burns and club chief executive Jason Brewer were scheduled in the past two days, leading Sage to believe Edwards' position was no longer tenable.

Over the weekend, club owner Sage admitted to Perth Now that “a real big perception issue” had grown over the decision of Edwards to sign Cameron, 20 and to loan Ryan, 21, from his parent club, English Championship side Reading.

“I never gave permission. Other than marquees, I don't give permission for any signing,” Sage said. “He never came to me to ask permission to sign his sons. I leave the squad selection to the person I put in charge. If he was determined that they were the best two players that he could get hold of for the money, that was the decision he made.”

Edwards was in the first year of a three-year contract with Perth Glory and won rave reviews in his early months after taking over from sacked boss Ian Ferguson in February.

It is not known whether Edwards' sons will continue at the club but it's understood both were left visibly distressed after Friday's fallout.

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