Alan Vest named Perth Glory coach
Perth Glory has acted swiftly in appointing a new head coach, signing Alan Vest for the remainder of the A-League season.
Vest, 65, has been the assistant coach at Perth since 2001 and will replace Steve McMahon, who was sacked earlier in the week.
The removal of the hard-nosed Englishman capped off an embarrassing few days for the Perth side as it had gone into damage control following the spat between McMahon and the chief executive Jeff Dennis.
In the other major announcement, veteran striker Damian Mori was installed as the club's new assistant coach.
Glory technical manager Mich d'Avray - whom Vest won two championships with in the last two NSL seasons - said Vest was the logical choice to lead the team after being at the club for so long.
"Alan has a lot of experience behind him and we believe that he will do a very good job," d'Avray said.
"We know Alan is committed in this role because he has been part of the club for the last four years. He knows what needs to be done and that is why the club did not feel it was necessary to look elsewhere."
Before deflecting questions about whether he was keen to stay in the role beyond this season, Vest was delighted with the opportunity.
"It has come so quickly but as soon as the club asked me to take on the head coach's role on a caretaker basis, I was willing to take the job on," Vest said.
"I have enjoyed my job at Glory in recent years but this role will prove to be a more difficult challenge but one that I am excited about.
"I have a lot of respect for Damian and he loves the game so I look forward to working with him in a different capacity."
Mori continues to live in Adelaide before flying out to Perth several days before home matches and meeting with the team at its destination for away games, but Vest doesn't think that will be a major hindrance.
"It's a slight problem, yeah," he acknowledged.
"(But) it's not a problem as such that at home games he will be here a few days before every game, and I'm working on it so that hopefully even before away games he can be here as well.
"Hopefully if we can sort it out, he will definitely be here for the start of training next week."
Vest believes his current squad has what it takes to make the finals.
"If we have a fully fit squad and all the players that were injured before the break come back fit, we have a good chance as anybody else," he said.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by Perth Glory said club chairman Nick Tana had given his unconditional backing of chief executive Dennis following McMahon's bitter exit.