Perth Glory Axe Coach Ian Ferguson, Del Piero Stars Again

Del Piero is enjoying the most successful import season in A-League history.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

The Perth Glory pulled the plug on coach Ian Ferguson on Monday after what has been a bitterly disappointing season for last year’s finalists.

Glory owner Peter Sage announced the decision to fire Ferguson at a press conference on Monday. Ferguson joins Ian Crook (Sydney FC), Rado Vidosic (Brisbane Roar) and John Kosmina (Adelaide United) as A-League coaches to have lost their jobs during the 2012-13 season.

Alistair Edwards, a former Socceroo and coach of the Australian under-17s, will replace Ferguson as coach for the remainder of the season.

The firing of Ferguson is the latest development in what has been an awful season for the Glory. Perth has fallen down the A-League ladder and were forced to part ways with a number of players, including striker Billy Mehmet and defender Bas van Den Brink.

Ferguson, who had a memorable career for Scottish giant Rangers, was responsible for last season’s dramatic turnaround, however the team’s poor form this season means it will be highly unlikely they make a playoff appearance.

Veteran Italian star Alessandro Del Piero added another spectacular performance to his debut A-League season on Sunday by leading Sydney FC to an impressive win over the Brisbane Roar at Allianz Stadium.

Del Piero scored a goal in the 2-1 win over last year’s champions and also helped in the match winning goal scored by midfielder Peter Trianitis in the 70th minute.

Del Piero’s seventh minute conversion was his 11th of the season, a Sydney FC record for goals in a year, and provided the cross that eventually led to the Trianitis goal when Roar player Jack Donachie couldn’t effectively clear the ball with a header.

The win moves Sydney FC into the top six for the first time since round four.

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