Glory's New Year Resolution

by Ashley Morrison on Jan 07, 2012

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Perth Glory have definitely started 2012 with a lot more purpose than the previous year ended, with a passionate and committed display against a Brisbane side not allowed to get into their stride. Having attended the game I conducted straw poll amongst some fans to see what Perth Glory fans would wish for in the coming year.

There is no doubt that the mood around the West is that they would like to see a new coach at the helm.
Ian Ferguson’s record is far from impressive, just six wins from 36 games in charge of Perth Glory, which gives this argument weight, however as stated previously with six teams in the league making the finals you may as well stick with the coach until all finals spots have been decided, unless something terrible has happened.

Also should Ferguson be axed at the seasons end? If he was the Glory faithful will undoubtedly have to endure the new coach claiming this is not his squad and judge him on results when he assembles his own team for a year. As Ferguson and owner Tony Sage have stated the club is on the improve on the park, even if results don’t necessarily reflect that, and as Manchester United have proved sometimes it pays to back the coach, Chelsea confirming that constant change is not a good thing.

There is no doubt during my brief survey that nearly all Glory fans I spoke to would like outspoken owner Tony Sage, to hesitate before speaking publically, despite frequently airing valid points, no club likes a vocal chairman, and it can give off the wrong impression.

The seven thousand faithful – or those speaking to me - would like to see Mr Sage and his back room staff come up with a marketing plan that will engage and woo the public back to NIB Stadium. The Glory profile in the Perth sporting market is extremely low and unless the public are re-engaged, the best the club can hope for is a regular 6-7000 fans each week. They feel that the club does little to bring in lost fans or new ones.

Finally, on the playing front, which is where it really matters, fans would like to see the Glory adapt a style of play and stick to it. Brisbane Roar have – although were not allowed to play it against the Glory, - the Central Coast Mariners have, but the Glory seem to chop and change every week depending on the opposition. The fans felt that Glory has no direction on that park due to having no preferred style of play, and many blamed the results on that.

In the club’s halcyon days in the NSL everyone knew what they would get, a team strong defensively and quick on the counterattack, with spearheads Despotovski and Mori lethal.

To be fair to Ian Ferguson he has had his fair share of injuries and red cards to deal with in his tenure, but the fact that he has only kept the same eleven players in the starting line up on three occasions last season and only once this season would say that the team is far from settled; Just four times in 36 games.

The fans were told at the start of the season that there was cover for every position; if that were the case surely the preferred system would in the main stay remain the same and should a player be injured or suspended you swap like-for-like?

Very rarely is much gained by a team that constantly tries to change the way it plays, all the successful games in the game’s history have a distinctive style of play, and let other teams worry about negating that system.

Perth Glory’s passion and commitment against the Roar was encouraging and could well be the springboard to a great start to 2012 and a good run towards the end of the season, but they will need results on the road. The next three games will be vital.