Perth Glory calls crisis talks over captain-coach feud

December 15, 2013 – 9:46PM

Alistair Edwards.

Alistair Edwards. Photo: Getty Images

The futures of Perth Glory coach Alistair Edwards and captain Jacob Burns are in doubt after the pair became embroiled in a bitter feud.

Burns was furious at his coach after being left on the bench during Friday night’s 2-0 loss to Melbourne Victory.

The 35-year-old had just returned from a two-week suspension, and couldn’t understand why he wasn’t given any game time in a team already missing a host of its best players.

Jacob Burns.

Jacob Burns. Photo: Getty Images

The Glory launched crisis talks on Saturday in a bid to settle a rumoured player-driven revolt against Edwards, who has been accused of favouring his two sons, Ryan and Cameron, over other players.


”There’s definitely a rift between Jacob Burns and myself, that’s for sure,” Edwards said.

”It stems from the fact we had a discussion a few weeks ago about his future at the club. I couldn’t give him any assurances about what’s happening going forward. Since then it’s been a bit testy.

”And because he wasn’t reintroduced into the team after winning last week, it sort of caused a bit of a problem.”

Edwards is in the first season of a three-year deal after replacing Ian Ferguson in February.

But with rumours rife that he has lost the trust of a host of senior players, his position is under threat.

Burns, who has been with the club since 2009, is also facing an uncertain future.

When asked whether Burns would play for the Glory again, Edwards said he wasn’t sure.


The Sydney Morning Herald

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