Despotovski in frame to coach Glory women

Dale Miller
July 1, 2015, 11:18 am

Despotovski in frame to coach Glory women Will Jamie Harnwell, right, be handing over the reins at Perth Glory women to fellow club legend Bobby Despotovski? Pic: Lee Griffith/WA News

Bobby Despotovski could be set to join Perth Glory’s senior coaching ranks, with the club legend in the mix to head up the women’s team next season.

The former striker is among a pool of leading candidates for the role. The high-flying women’s team, which won the Premier’s Plate in the W-League last season, will be managed by Glory for the first time starting from today.

Soccer authority Football West had overseen WA’s top female soccer team for the past seven years.

Despotovski has been coaching Perth’s National Premier League under-20s team.

Club legend Jamie Harnwell, who coached the Glory women to the plate and W-League grand final last season, will also be invited to apply for the position.

Harnwell was highly critical of the club over the salary cap scandal earlier this year.

Retired Glory duo Jacob Burns and Steven McGarry, as well as the club’s under-18s coach Callum Salmon, will all be considered for assistant coaching roles.

The Glory women’s side had four players representing Australia at the World Cup in Canada in a sign of the side’s strength, with Sam Kerr, Caitlin Foord, Alanna Kennedy and Mackenzie Arnold all helping the Matildas reach the tournament’s quarter-finals.

Glory owner Tony Sage said it was a fitting time for the women to join the Glory family.

“This is an exciting and promising day for football across the state,” Sage said.

“It means from today, we have three teams under the one Glory umbrella.

“The A-League, Youth League and W-League teams will spread the Glory brand and each team will fly the flag for Western Australia on the national front.

“I’d also like to commend everyone at Football West, including CEO Peter Hugg, on a fantastic achievement and their role in boosting the profile of the women’s game.”