AS expected Perth Glory have appointed Kenny Lowe as the club’s interim head coach after a player revolt led to the sacking of Alistair Edwards.
Lowe will lead the club for the rest of the 2013/14 campaign with Andrew Ord picking up the gig as first team assistant coach.
Glory announced it will engage the services of an executive recruitment firm to assist its search for a permanent head coach.
Chief Executive Jason Brewer described Lowe as the perfect fit for Perth Glory given his previous association with the club and understanding of the club’s culture.
He said the new coach's strategy and coaching philosophy was consistent with the club’s player development strategy and the club was expecting a seamless transition.
“Kenny Lowe is clearly one of this country’s leading coaches, he is well respected by all his peers for his coaching abilities," Brewer said.
"His previous experience at the club and the respect he has from all involved in the game made him the standout choice to assume this interim position.
"He has helped nurture some of this countries brightest prospects including many members of our current squad.
"He has a very impressive pedigree in youth development in particular and that is something our club remains strongly committed to and will not deviate from.
“We are very fortunate to have someone as highly credentialed and knowledgeable as Kenny to assist us in moving quickly to getting back focused on playing football.
"Kenny has worked closely alongside members of our coaching staff for a long period of time and the transition I’m sure will be seamless."
Lowe, assumed full heading coaching duties immediately and took his first training session on Friday afternoon. A further training session is planned for Saturday ahead of Perth Glory’s home match against Adelaide United on Sunday.
The club described Lowe, a former Glory assistant coach between 2007 and 2011, as "one of the country’s leading football coaches".
Since 2006 he held the position of head coach Football Federation Australia WA NTC Institute of Sport where he drove the development of the State's leading elite youth players.
Ord, 34, has worked with Lowe at the NTC in 2008-2010 and the Perth Glory NYL side in 2010-2011 but has also had success in Asian football, working at Yangon United F.C. in Myanmar and BEC Tero Sasana FC and Muangthong United FC in Thailand.
On the subject of a permanent appointment Brewer said: “We want to ensure that we undertake a thorough and highly professional search process to identify the most suitable candidate for the permanent position of head coach.
"We want to make this very important decision with a view to ensuring a path for sustained success in the long term.”
He added that Lowe and Ord have the full backing of the board and the club was "highly confident" the appointments would ensure stability and provide the best chance for success in the interim.
“We have moved quickly and effectively to identify and address the issues which culminated in events of the last weekend and have learnt a great deal in the process," Brewer added.
"This has only served to make this great Club stronger and we can all now look forward with great hope and enthusiasm."
Current board member Declan Kelly was named the new Director of Football Communications.
The club decided the position was vital to prevent a repeat of recent events and to ensure clear lines of communication between the football department and the CEO and board.
A club statement said Kelly had 25-years experience in the media, both in Australia and Europe, and was general manager of 6PR & 96FM for 10 years.