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Lowe axed as Glory coach after missing out on A-League finals

Perth Glory's longest-serving coach Kenny Lowe has been axed after failing to guide the side to the A-League finals this season.

Lowe, who had one more year to run on his contract, has been head coach since late 2013.

He will now move into a youth role at the club, where he is expected to be named technical manager at the Glory Academy.

Lowe's axing comes just a day after Western Sydney Wanderers coach Josep Gombau was shown the door.

Former Wanderers coach Tony Popovic could come into the reckoning to replace either Lowe or Gombau.

Popovic left the Wanderers on the eve of the season to take up the head coaching role at Turkish club Karabukspor.

He was sacked there following 10 losses in 11 games, amid boardroom turmoil at the club.

Lowe helped guide Glory through a number of stormy times.

Kenny Lowe

He took over as interim coach in December 2013 when a player revolt led to the stunning axing of then-coach Alistair Edwards.

Lowe was appointed full-time coach at the end of that season and he was left to pick up the pieces yet again when the club's salary cap breaches were revealed in 2014-15.

Glory were stripped of their finals spot and fined $269,000 for those breaches.

Remarkably, Lowe was able to regenerate his squad quickly and guide them into the finals for the following two seasons.

But they fell just short this campaign, with injuries cruelling their chances.

Needing a win in the final round to sneak into sixth spot, Glory lost 3-2 to Brisbane in Perth.

He guided the club to 52 wins, 27 draws and 49 losses during his 128 games at the helm.

AAP

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