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Vukovic backs new Glory coach

Perth Glory goalkeeper Danny Vukovic hopes the club secures interim coach Alistair Edwards to a longer-term deal.

The former Socceroos striker has led the Glory to three wins in four matches since taking charge following the sacking of Ian Ferguson with the club on the bottom of the table.

Edwards’ existing contract will expire at the end of the season but he has already catapulted the Glory back into finals contention, just two points adrift of sixth-placed Newcastle, who have played one more game.

“Anywhere in world football when a new coach comes in, all the players are on a level playing field again and everyone’s trying to impress the new coach and it’s exactly the same here,” Vukovic said.

“It’s been a breath of fresh of air and I’d love to see Alistair take the job.

“He’s done an exceptional job so far with three wins from four, he’s got some great ideas and I feel as if I’m learning every training session.”

Vukovic said all the players were buying into Edwards’ philosophy and that has been reflected in the side’s immediate turnaround in form.

“Alistair is all about his philosophy and the way he wants us to play and you can see that he truly believes in it,” he said.

“When you see someone so passionate about what they believe in, I guess it’s infectious and the boys have really taken it on board and tried to put it into practice.

“It was never going to happen overnight, it’s a work in progress, but as long as we’re improving every week, that’s all that matters.”

Glory can move into the top six with a win over bottom side Wellington Phoenix at nib Stadium on Sunday.

“The positive for us is that we’ve put ourselves in a good position now.

“We’re two points off Newcastle with a game in hand, but we need to get maximum points from our remaining three games.”

Tue 12 March, 2013
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