Ferguson Backs BECKHAM Bid


Perth Glory coach gives football legend David Beckham a glowing endorsement.

Perth Coach Ian Ferguson has confirmed that he would be delighted to welcome David Beckham to the club, claiming that the former England skipper would make an invaluable contribution not only to Perth Glory, but also to Australian football at a wider level.

Several A-League clubs are keen to secure the iconic midfielder’s signature following his decision to leave LA Galaxy and Ferguson hopes that the 37-year-old will swap one west coast for another.

“I feel that if we could get Becks here it would be phenomenal for the club and for Perth and it would be a fantastic coup for the Hyundai A-League,” he said.

“He is a player of great quality who is still playing at high level and he takes care of himself and does the right things and the right training.

“If you are just bringing a 37-year-old out here for a holiday and to be paraded in front of the crowd when really he’s finished, then I’d be against it.

“But if you’ve got a player who’s still playing at the very top level and doing it week in week out which he (Beckham) is, it’s a different story.

“I’m sure there was a lot of negativity surrounding (Alessandro) Del Piero and his move to Sydney, but he’s probably been their best player.

“These are quality players and if they are still playing at the top level and we can bring them in, then I’d say it’s a massive tick for the A-League.”

Ferguson went on to claim that the rest of Glory’s playing group would benefit from Beckham’s presence, not only during games, but also on the training ground.

“He would be invaluable,” he said.

“He completes a hell of a lot of his passes, short range and long range, and he does get in the box for goals as well.

“I don’t know how many he’s scored this year, but I do know that he’s chipped in with a few.

“The turnovers of possession in the A-League are ridiculous at times and guys like Beckham and Del Piero have the composure and the skills to complete their passes.

“That’s what you want at the club, so that players can see what they need to do to be at that top level.”