Perth Glory can today confirm that Bobby Despotovski has stepped down as the club’s Westfield W-League Head Coach.
Glory’s all-time record goalscorer took charge of the team in 2015 and subsequently guided them to two Grand Finals in 2017 and 2019.
He reflected fondly upon his five years at the helm which also witnessed Sam Kerr’s development into a global superstar of the sport.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to what we have achieved,” he said, “and I feel that we achieved a lot.
“As well as reaching the two Grand Finals, we played our part in producing one of the best footballers in the world.
“But the proudest thing for me is that this club now represents the people and players of Perth and WA.
“A lot of young players have come through and are continuing to come through and they have to be kept at Glory to ensure its viability.
“In particular, I’d like to thank the two assistants I worked with in Collette McCallum and Jessine Bonzas, with the part Jessine played in the collaboration between the NTC and Perth Glory enabling a lot of young kids to make the step up to W-League football.
“People step in and step out of football for a number of different reasons and I’ll definitely still come to games and support the team.”
Glory CEO Tony Pignata was quick to acknowledge Despotovski’s contribution.
“Glory have become established as a consistent force in the Westfield W-League during Bobby’s five seasons in charge and on behalf of the club, I would like to thank him for the huge amount of work that he has put in,” he said.
“He displayed the same level of passion for Glory in the role of W-League Head Coach as he did during his playing days with the club and helped provide our Members and fans with a number of unforgettable moments.
“We wish him all the very best in his future endeavours.”