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Jacob Burns: We're all friends at the Perth Glory

JUSTIN CHADWICK
Last updated 01:49 21/12/2013

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Perth Glory skipper Jacob Burns insists the player group is united despite the ugly sacking of coach Alistair Edwards, whose two sons remain at the A-League club.

Former Glory assistant Kenny Lowe will take over as head coach for the rest of the year, with Andrew Ord brought in as his right-hand man.

Gareth Naven, who was an assistant under Edwards, will keep his job.

Edwards was given his marching orders following a player revolt led by Burns.

A host of players had become unhappy about a perceived nepotism towards Edwards' two sons Ryan and Cameron.

Despite the potential for hostilities between the two sons and the rest of the player group, Burns claims everyone is on good terms.

"They're our teammates, they're our friends," said Burns, who is set to keep the captaincy.

"They're very much a big part of Glory and the set-up, and they'll continue to fight for their place in the team, as will everyone.

"I spoke to them both personally. The rest of the boys have as well.

"They've handled it like professionals, like they should do."

When asked whether the group was united, Burns replied: "The fact that I'm here speaks for that.

"If there's one thing to come out of all of this, is the character amongst the group here. A fantastic group of boys that all want to fight and play for the jersey."

Edwards is set to launch legal action against Perth after being sacked just nine months into a three-year deal.

The former Glory star doesn't want to make comment about his ugly axing, and he also wants his sons to distance themselves from the issue and instead focus on their football.

Lowe, who was an assistant at the club between 2007-2011 and was also head coach at the WA branch of the national training centre, says he wants the Glory job full-time.

"I wouldn't be here if I didn't want it," Lowe said.

"It's a waste of time just coming for a giggle. I want to stay as long as I can."

However, the Glory will embark on a global search after Christmas, with owner Tony Sage and the board keen to snare a European coach.

The Glory will be hoping to put the drama-filled week behind them when they take on Adelaide United at nib Stadium on Sunday.

Former French international William Gallas will miss another week due to a calf injury, while star striker Shane Smeltz isn't ready to return from his ankle issue.

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