PERTH Glory have moved to end their run of poor results by promoting Ian Ferguson to head coach while current boss Dave Mitchell moves upstairs to be football director.
Despite a promising start to the season, Glory's campaign has fallen away with a series of recent losses which has left them mired in the midtable.
Owner Tony Sage stepped in today to save their season while there's still time and appointed both in their new jobs with contracts until the end of next season.
“I have been contemplating this move for some time with Chairman Tony Sage, and am proud where the club is today, compared to when I first came to Perth Glory,” Mitchell said.
“The fans have been great and have come back in their droves. We have built a squad which can now compete and play attractive football with the infrastructure in place to challenge for a title.
“I have a deep passion for recruiting and utilizing my global networks to bring success to Perth Glory.
“I thank Tony Sage for his backing and the opportunity to continue to grow our Perth Glory."
Both appointments are effective immediate with Ian Ferguson to take the reins at training this morning.
However the appointment has cast a shadow over Robbie Fowler's place at Glory. He famously fell out publicly with Ferguson at the end of last season when the pair were at North Queensland Fury.
Ferguson tried to drop Fowler to the bench for a home game but Fowler chose to sit in the stands and watch the game from there instead.
The pair were since said to have resolved their differences...but today's announcement came while Fowler was home in the UK for a brief holiday during the international break.
Perth today confirmed Fowler would not be back in time to play for Glory against his old club Fury this weekend after extending his stay in England to deal with "personal issues".
The club would not elaborate on the reasons for Fowler's delayed return but insisted he would be back to join the club in time for the home game against Sydney on October 24.
A club spokesman also said Fowler's request to extend his stay in the UK was made before Ferguson's appointment as head coach was revealed.
Fowler was notified of the change along with all the other Glory players this morning.