Perth Glory wishes to confirm that the club’s ISUZU UTE A-League Head Coach Richard Garcia and Assistant Head Coach Steven McGarry have been relieved of their duties with immediate effect.
Current PGFC Academy Head Coach Ruben Zadkovich will take over as the club’s interim ISUZU UTE A-League Head Coach for the remainder of the 2021-22 Season, with PGFC Academy Under-20s Head Coach Chris Coyne appointed as his Assistant Head Coach.
While acknowledging that external circumstances had presented a series of unprecedented challenges during Garcia’s tenure, Glory Owner and Chairman Tony Sage stated that the team’s recent run of poor home results meant that a coaching change was essential in order for the club to move forward.
“I would like to sincerely thank Richard and Steven for the huge level of dedication that they have shown during their two years at the helm,” he said.
“COVID-19 has had a huge impact upon the club on and off the field which cannot be over-stated and its legacy is still being felt.
“Ultimately, however, this is a results business and unfortunately, claiming one point from our last four home games is an unacceptable return.
“The difficult decision has therefore been made to part company with the Head Coach and his Assistant.
“Ruben and Chris have been handed the honour of taking the club forward until the end of the current campaign and further developing the crop of extremely promising young West Australian players who have progressed through the PGFC Academy into the First Team this year.
“Given their knowledge of these young players, coaching credentials and passion for the club, I am confident that Ruben and Chris will have an immediate positive impact upon the team’s performances and results.”